The Highland Police Department encouraged parents and students to join school-goers from around the country and make the trek to class on foot Wednesday, Oct. 6, in support of National Walk to School Day.
“Walk to School Day” is celebrated annually to highlight the benefits of exercise and practice pedestrian and road safety with classmates, families and caregivers.
“Walking to school is a great way to not only stay active, but also practice safe walking behaviors,” Deputy T. Houn said. “With many students returning to in-person instruction this year, ‘Walk to School Day’ is a valuable learning tool that benefits students at the start of the school year.”
The Highland Police Department offers the following tips for children to incorporate into their walks:
• Be predictable. Use crosswalks.
• Walk on sidewalks, when available.
• Always look left-right-left before crossing the street. Make sure the driver sees you. Continue to scan for traffic as you cross the street.
• Do not walk or run into the path of a vehicle.
• Watch for cars entering/backing out of driveways or leaving parking spaces.
Drivers should be alert for people walking to school and be prepared to stop for children crossing the street. Drivers should always watch their speed and slow down in school zones.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.