Drivers Asked To Be Alert As School Begins
County health departments treat the ills of the public, but they also are concerned about the safety of children to and from school.
Public Health Nurse Rob Deede in Oneida county says while walking can be a great way for kids to get some exercise, drivers should be cautious...
"....be on the lookout. Pay attention to where cars are, where pedestrians are as they're walking. Be alert that between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. you're probably going to see kids walking to school. And as of 2:30 until 4:00(p.m.) you're going to see kids walking home from school...."
Deede says when it doubt, simply yield to pedestrians. He says pedestrians should make eye contact with drivers. He says parents should instruct kids on safety before they head out.
Pedestrians also need to know the law. He says if there's a sidewalk, you can walk on either side, but the law says pedestrians need to be on the correct side of the road if there's no sidewalk...
"...whenever there isn't a sidewalk we want to make sure you're facing the on-coming traffic so if you're walking without a sidewalk, make sure you're on the left side of the road so you can see the vehicles as they're coming toward you...."
44 pedestrians and 10 bicyclists died last year on Wisconsin roads.