ABC 4 Utah's talked to police and parents about how to keep kids safe. "A lot of people are in a rush to get multiple kids to different schools so their trying to get in and out as fast as they can,” says Annita Peterson a mother of 3 from Woodscross whose 5-year-old son starts school this year.
She says her biggest concern is everyone being in such a rush. A precaution Woodscross Police is also on the look out for. “We just like to remind drivers to decrease their speeds when in school zones. Put your cell phones down, keep your head and eyes up and be attentive for the children coming to and from school,” says Detective Adam Osoro from Woodscross Police Department.
Police tell ABC 4 Utah they regularly patrol school zones, but this morning alone speeding tickets spiked about 20%. On the flip side, kids and parents also need to be extra careful and say it starts with the parents. “Make sure they have a designated route that they walk in case there is a problem parents will know what route to check to find their children. Remind your kids to be attentive, watch for cars, check both directions before crossing the road, and always use a crosswalk,” says Detective Osoro.
Peterson, whose daughter will be starting pre-school soon, says even though her kids are little and she picks them up, she still worries. ”Just slow down and if you have to get there a few minutes early let them play on the playground its better,” says Peterson.
Woodscross Police say they have beefed up enforcement at schools and they plan to keep it that way until the end of the week.