New school year brings more safety concerns

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Updated: 8/08/2014 10:42 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Whether you are a parent, a student or a driver, experts say school being in session should change your routine.

Monday is the first day of school in Washoe County and several other local areas are not too far behind. "It's really important to start thinking about it on Day One, because that's generally when it sneaks up on people and they don't realize that school's back in session," said WCSD Acting Police Chief Jason Trevino.

Alert ID founder Keli Wilson said now is the perfect time to talk to your kids about getting to school safely. "Making sure that kids know their address, their phone number, how to reach mom and dad."
Wilson said downloading her free app will help. "It takes 30 seconds. [The] map shows up. You'll be able to see the crimes and sex offenders currently in your neighborhood. You can use that as a really great tool to map out the route that your child is going to walk to school."

NDOT Communications Director Sean Sever said you should remind them to be extra cautious while walking or biking. "Just because there's a crosswalk doesn't mean people are going to stop."

No matter where you are walking, you can help drivers out. "Make eye contact before you cross the street and just be pedestrian safe, which is one of our Zero Fatalities goals," Sever said.

Trevino said drivers should get familiar with what's on their route. "People are mindful of the school zones, but when they're leaving their neighborhood, or they're leaving their home, in the morning they don't think about the bus stop that's on the corner."

So, slow down and leave the house a little early Monday morning.

"Even if they don't have their own students going to school, they're going to be affected by school starting back on Monday," Trevino said.
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