With schools open, make sure and take care

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

As we watched three high school students dart across East Putnam Avenue today, we said a quick prayer they would make it across safely.

They were 100-150 feet below the crosswalk dodging in and out of fast-moving oncoming cars from both directions. Like most teens, their sense of immortality and invincibility leads to risky behavior and risky choices that too often end in tragedy. Later in the day, a woman behind me was chatting on her phone while driving. Don’t we get it?

Along with Safe Kids advocates across the country, we hope children, teens, and adults will heed some old fashioned advice:

• Avoid jaywalking, i.e., crossing at mid-block when there are marked crosswalks.

• Walk on the left facing traffic so you can see and react to oncoming traffic.

• Ride your bicycle on the right flowing with traffic, keep close to the shoulder, and heed traffic signals.

• Do not use your cell phone, smart or not, when driving for any reason. If you need to connect, pull over to the shoulder and use your flashers.

• When a school bus stops and flips on its flashers, do not pass that bus until children and teens have safely loaded on or disembarked.

 

Peter Flierl
Greenwich

The author is the founder of the Greenwich Safe Kids Coalition.

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