Kids walking to school this year? Police provide safety tips

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — With the new school year set to begin with classes starting Sept. 3, the Casper Police Department suggests parents and guardians keep a couple of things in mind.

If students are walking to school, they should be taught how to do so safely.

“Review your family’s walking safety rules and practice walking to school with your child,” the police department says.

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Kids should be reminded to walk on the sidewalk whenever possible. If they must walk on streets with no sidewalks, police say they should walk along the side of the street which faces traffic.

“Before you cross the street, stop and look left, right and left again to see if cars are coming,” reads another safety tip.

Prior to crossing the street, kids should make eye contact with drivers to make sure vehicles are aware they are there and are prepared to stop.

The police department adds that streets should always be crossed at crosswalks or intersections.

“Stay alert and avoid distracted walking,” they add. “Make sure you never play, push or shove others when you walk around traffic.”

Both drivers and pedestrians should pay attention to the road rather than their phones, states the last safety suggestion.