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Time for back-to-school safety tips

ODOT Radio News

 Aug. 28, 2013

For more information: Shelley M. Snow, (503) 881-5362

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Suggested lead: The lazy days of summer are coming to a close and that can only mean one thing.


SALEM - In the next few days, all around the state, more feet will hit the sidewalks and more cars will take to the roads: specifically, around schools. It’s back-to-the-books for thousands of young Oregonians, and that means it’s time to take back to school safety seriously.

Ridenour: I think the biggest key to back to school safety is to “see and be seen.” If you’re a motorist, be on the lookout for young children, especially around schools, around crosswalks and even in areas where kids cross but it may not be a marked crosswalk. :17

Oregon Department of Transportation Safety spokesperson Sally Ridenour said that while motorists should be on the lookout for children, the reverse is also true: students must take the time to watch for cars, too.

Ridenour: One of the simplest things that parents can do is to make sure children understand to look left, right and then left again, before crossing the street. :11

For those who bicycle to school, Ridenour reminds parents and children alike to get a good helmet, and talk about the route you’ll take ahead of time.

Ridenour: Maybe go on a practice run on the weekend with your family so you know which streets you’re going to use and what the traffic is like on those streets. :08

ODOT has a list of tips for walker, bicyclists, motorists, bus riders and more on its website, Oregon.gov slash O-D-O-T.

Reporting from Salem, I’m Shelley Snow.


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Ridenour: There will be a lot of children around school zones and popular walking routes. And there will also be a lot of parents driving their children to school so you should be extra alert, slow down and pay attention.  :13

See a list of safety tips (pdf).