Monday, August 7, 2017, thousands of students started a new school year in Collierville. While these students make their way to class, the Collierville Fire Department wants remind the community to keep safety a priority. Parents and children alike need to know proper safety precautions when traveling to and from school.
Safety tips recommended by the Collierville Fire Department include: teaching children at a young age about using sidewalks and crossing streets at designated areas, putting down devices such as cell phones while walking or diving, and always wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle.
Safekids.org states: “Unintentional pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading cause of injury-related death in the United States for children ages 5 to 19. Teenagers are now at greatest risk. Teens have a death rate twice that of younger children and account for half of all child pedestrian deaths.”
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security crash data show that 1,238 pedestrians and 373 cyclists were involved in crashes statewide on roads from 2007 to June 30, 2017. The highest numbers were in Shelby County, with 372 pedestrian and 98 cyclist crashes.
“I would encourage everyone to put everything aside, except the safety of the children during these times,” said Collierville Fire Chief Buddy Billings. “Students will be excited and anxious to start their new adventure and they can be unpredictable. Please be cautious and pay close attention as you maneuver through the school zones.”
To see more back to school safety tips including playground safety, visit the Fire Departments website: colliervillefd.org.