Police urge drivers to watch for kids as school gets out
KENNEWICK, Wash. - Police say as school comes to an end, there will be more children playing in neighborhoods and they're reminding all drivers they need to make sure to slow down and follow the speed limit to keep kids safe.
Sergeant Aaron Clem said kids can be unpredictable and don't always obey stop signs or stay on sidewalks.
He said, "they follow the ball into a roadway, they run between parked cars so just make sure their following the posted speed limits."
This means drivers need to stay off their phone and prepare for any unexpected issues.
“Keeping alert to the possibility that a child may jump out in front of your car," said Clem.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports in 2015, cars killed over 5,000 pedestrians.
Police say along with driver's, kids should also stay informed on how to be safe.
Clem said, “parents need to make sure their kids are educated on the traffic laws, how to be safe around traffic, how to avoid walking on the street or walking through parked cars.”
He also reminds pedestrians to use one headphone when walking.
He said, “Kids nowadays spend a lot of time with headphones in their ears listening to music, or watching videos.”
Headphones can prevent you from hearing the honk of car.
He said keep one headphone out, to hear your surroundings.
Clem said, “Don't be distracted, keep your eyes up and be a defensive driver, be ready to stop at any given time in case children get in the street.”
Authorities hope that by following these rules of the road, it can lead to a safer summer.