Back to School Safety

Child walking behind a vehicle
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Brad Davis, University Apartments Community Police Officer

School is back! This is an exciting time for the kids in the community. Walking or riding their bike to and from school is how many neighborhood kids commute. So it is very important that we all take a moment to ensure everyone is safe with more kids using the parking lots, sidewalks, and roads.

Parking Lot and Pedestrian Safety

It is important parents teach their children how to be safe when walking in or around a parking lot.

  • Never play near parked cars
  • Be on the lookout for moving cars
  • Look both ways before crossing a street or parking lot
  • Always use sidewalks and crosswalks

Kids assume if they can see the car, the driver can see them which is not always the case. It must be taught that it is not ok to play games or act silly in parking lots. Kids should use sidewalks or crosswalks whenever possible. As parents, we need to model this good behavior by using them ourselves.

Driver and Traffic Safety

Collage of distracted drivers; texting, drinking coffee, talking on the phone

Drivers also need to be extra cautious during this time of increased school traffic.

  • Go slow and stay alert
  • Check your surrounding before backing or turning
  • Obey all signs

Take your time driving around the community and campus. Driving fast or rushed actions while driving could lead to big consequences. It is important drivers stay alert and calm while driving. Speeding to save a few minutes when running late is not worth someone getting hurt.

Written by Officer Brad Davis, University Apartments Community Officer (Email: brad.davis@wisc.edu, Twitter: @UnivAptsUWPD, (608) 219-4698).