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Yesterday, a 9 year old girl was killed in our community. She had been waiting in her grandmothers car for the school bus. When she saw the bus approach, she apparently darted out into traffic and was stuck and killed. Earlier this year, a woman was killed on her lunch hour when a car turned the wrong way down a one way street. These tragedies have prompted me to remind you of these tips:
Remind children of ALL age's proper safety rules. Set a good example and follow these rules yourself!
Drive the speed limit! Keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel (as that old song goes)!
When crossing the street, PLEASE USE CROSS WALKS!
Wear light colored clothing or clothing with a reflective stripe when out walking. Carry a flashlight when escorting a child to the bus stop. Walk on the side of the road, facing on coming traffic or on the sidewalk when available.
As a driver, be even more contentious when visibility is diminished (dawn, dusk, dreary/rainy weather) I came close to hitting a man who walked out from between 2 parked cars to cross the street.
When I go for my daily walk, I usually don't take anything with me including ID. I thought if something should happen to me; heart attack, accident, etc., no one would be able to find out anything about me; where I live, age, etc. I'm 69 years old so these things could happen. Now I take one of those many mailing labels you get in the mail and put one on my sleeve and one on my pants. I don't have to worry about being identified now.
By Joe from Inver Grove Heights, MN