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Back-to-school pedestrian and bicycle safety

With students back in class all across Tampa Bay, pay extra attention on the roads and avoid distractions.

TAMPA, Fla. — As teenagers and children head back to school for in-person learning, it's important for drivers to be extra cautious. More youngsters will be walking to and from the bus stops, in crosswalks, and in many cases near busy streets.

It’s why leaders in Pinellas County are reminding parents of school safety measures. Casey Mores is the safety coordinator for Pinellas County Schools.

“We can’t just expect them to remember after a year and a half. Truthfully, they are not going to remember. We need to remind students to look both ways when they cross the street. Try to cross in a crossing guard location,” she said.  

“Wear a helmet if you are riding a bike. Basic things like that we need to reteach our children.”

Casey says parents should know the route your kids are taking to and from school. and who they are riding with.

Families are encouraged to help kids, especially younger children, to the bus stop. If you can’t be there, see if they can go with a friend. For those riding bikes, if you’re under the age of 16 you’re required to wear a helmet. Students walking to the bus stops are encouraged to put their phones down and to pay attention to their surroundings, which includes taking out those noise-canceling headphones.

If your kids are walking, encourage them to wear bright colored clothes. Give yourself the proper amount of time needed to head out the door and don’t forget to stop for school buses when the stop arm is out.