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Emely Hernandez, Editor

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Now that school is back in session, students are starting to get into the habit of following routines that consist of waking up early, walking to school, and even for some, even driving to school. To help you out here are a few safety tips that might help.

According to “Kids Safe Worldwide,” there are five teen pedestrian deaths every week in the United States. There has been a 13% increase in the pedestrian death rate for 12-19 year olds since 2013. Also, unsafe street crossing behavior was observed in about 80% of students.

A good majority of the students  have to cross at least one busy street , whether it is before school or after school. Make sure to establish eye contact with the driver before crossing, because you never know if the driver is distracted, focused on text messages, or on social media.

Do not jaywalk. Traffic can be unpredictable and come out of anywhere. Pay special attention to driveways and to

 

 cars making turns at corners.

Always be aware of your surroundings. There are bad people out there such as predators waiting for a chance. Now do not get paranoid, just be cautious of what is going on around you.

Contrary to what most people believe, young children are not the most common victims of abduction. Reports indicate that teenagers are the most frequent victims of both non-family abductions and stereotypical kidnappings-81% were children 12 or older.

Also do not put headphones on. Music is soothing and comforting, and makes people feel better, but it can also be dangerous. Students do not pay attention to their surroundings and accidents happen whether it’s with a car with people.

A US-based study, which appeared in the BMJ journal Injury Prevention, found a total of 116 reports of death or injury to pedestrians wearing headphones between 2004 and 2011, jumping from 16 in 2004/5 to 47 in 20110/11.

Bicycles should: always wear a helmet. It may not look as “cool”, but even the best of us fall every once in awhile. Also, take into consideration that helmets in many cases do save lives everyday.

 

The law requires anyone under 18 to wear a helmet when riding a bike, scooter, skateboard or when using inline skates. Bidwell Park, Chico, and El Cerrito require all people, no matter what age, to wear fastened helmets when riding a bicycle.

 

 

This is mostly directed to bikers: never assume that all drivers will share the road, so be mindful of that and make sure you pay attention to your surroundings. Take in consideration the advice mentioned before. You may have wheels but the car is most likely going to win.

Now moving on to drivers: never speed in school zones during school hours; many people walk around and there are plenty of people crossing streets. Always be aware to your surroundings especially when you are in reverse, because people are always in a hurry and can suddenly pop out of nowhere, especially in the parking lots.

If you want to avoid traffic at the beginning of school, come early when nobody is really on campus and the perfect time to come usually is around 6:50 AM.

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