STONY POINT, N.Y. -- The Stony Point Police Department is urging parents to teach their children some simple safety tips before they head back to school, and urging drivers to keep a lookout, as well.
"Very soon, thousands of children will be walking to and from school and school buses -- many for the first time," said Police Chief Moore. "Everyone who drives has a responsibility to be especially careful during this busy time for youngsters."
Hundreds of young children are killed each year when they are hit by motor vehicles, and thousands more are severely injured, the chief said. Children tend to be at greater risk during the back-to-school period because they tend to be thinking more about seeing old friends and new teachers than watching for cars and trucks. Others are going to school for the first time.
To help protect children, Moore offered these six pedestrian-safety tips from AAA New York, the local AAA affiliate:
- Look all ways before crossing the street.
- Cross only at corners.
- Obey police officers, school crossing guards, members of AAA School Safety Patrols and traffic signals.
- Watch for turning cars.
- Be especially alert in bad weather.
- Play away from traffic.
AAA New York provides automotive, travel and financial services to more than 1.5 million members in New York City, and in Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Herkimer and parts of Lewis, Madison and Oneida counties.