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School's Out - Summer Safety tips for drivers and parents

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Cornwall Police Service

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As of tomorrow, all schools in the City of Cornwall close their doors for the summer. The Cornwall Community Police Service wishes to remind drivers to be extra cautious in looking for child pedestrians during the summer. Parents can help by reminding their children about staying safe on the roads

Cornwall - Jun. 29, 2011 - As of tomorrow, all schools in the City of Cornwall close their doors for the summer. The Cornwall Community Police Service wishes to remind drivers to be extra cautious in looking for child pedestrians during the summer. Parents can help by reminding their children about staying safe on the roads.

Tips for Drivers:

  • Observe carefully when driving around playgrounds and parks. Small children are less predictable and harder to see than adults.

  • Watch for clues, a hockey net or ball can mean kids are playing nearby. Pay attention and always anticipate the unexpected.

  • Always watch for children as you are backing up. Walk around your vehicle to make sure there are no small kids behind it.

    Tips for Parents:

  • Focus on the basics. Teach your children to make eye contact with the driver before they cross, even if the walk signal is on.

  • Remind them to walk, don’t run across the road and; To stop, look and listen before crossing the street.

  • Don’t jaywalk. Teach your children to cross at intersections that have a marked crosswalk or a pedestrian crossing light.

  • When walking with your child, avoid unnecessary shortcuts like walking through a parking lot.

  • Drivers may not see children between parked cars and the children may not see the cars moving.

    The Cornwall Community Police Service is committed to our Vision: “A Safer Cornwall, reducing Crime Always”. Have a safe and happy summer.


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