Chugginton is back! As summer comes to an end, students are gearing up to head back to school. That’s why officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have decided to bring back Chugginton. Chugginton and his friends help parents to get safe traveling habits back into the mind’s of our young ones. It helps them to get kids to put safety back at the top of their “back-to-school” list.
The NHTSA reports that there were close to 3,000 school children who were killed in traffic accidents in 2010. The most of these accidents happened between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., which is when these young kids are making their way home back from school and the traffic on our roadways is plentiful.
Our Quincy personal injury attorneys understand that students, especially the young ones, are at high risks for traffic accidents during this time of the year. The NHTSA has released the traffic safety campaign, “Think Safe, Ride Safe, Be Safe!” to help to get students to remember to be safe when traveling to and from school. Officials have come forward with a list of safety precautions to help these young travelers to do just that. You’re urged to review these tips and share them with your young ones before they go back to school.
School Bus Safety Tips:
-Always stay at least 5 large steps away from the road.
-When you get on the bus, go right to your seat, sit down and listen to the driver.
-Look for cars as you get off of the bus. Get off of the road quickly when you get off.
-Make sure to look both ways and at the bus driver before crossing the road.
Walking To/From School Safety Tips:
-Always walk on a sidewalk.
-When there’s no sidewalk, walk facing oncoming traffic.
-Never horseplay while walking.
-Before crossing the street, look both ways and make eye contact with drivers.
Bicycling Safety Tips:
-Never ride without a helmet.
-Always use the chin strap on your helmet.
-Always ride on a sidewalk or a bike path.
-Never ride in the street.
If you choose to drive your kid to school or to daycare, we’re reminding you to make sure that your child is properly buckled in during each and every car ride. Make sure they’re in a child safety seat or a booster seat that is appropriate for their height and their weight. We’re also reminding parents to “Look Before You Lock.” Make sure there are never any children left inside the vehicle before you lock up and walk away.
Lastly, we’re asking all adult and teens, whether drivers of passengers, to wear their seat belt every time they get into the car. Seat belts are your best way to stay safe in the event of an accident.
Let’s start out the school year safe and keep it going all year long!
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact Jeffrey Glassman Injury Lawyers, LLC for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call (617) 777-7777 today!
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