School Zone Safety; Not Just For Children
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) We've covered Hyperthermia and the dangers that arise when a child is left alone in the car during the warmer months, plus Hypothermia in the colder months. But there's risk factors that surround leaving a child unattended all together.This happens everywhere, including school parking lots.
Chrissy Baker is a mother of three and observer of parents leaving their children unattended in cars.
Baker adds, "when they're walking inside of schools, stores, banks, etc. A lot can happen in just a few short minutes."
Page Geske, Safe Kids Magic Valley says, "the child could get the car out of gear, crash into another car, child could get out of the car, into the street, child could be abducted."
Geske advocates for the prevention of unintentional injuries. A short five minute trip could turn 15 minute ordeal.
"You think you're going to run into something or speak to a teacher and then somebody from the pta asks you a question, or another parent asks for a play date," adds Geske.
Then there's the congestion factor. Many of the schools within the Twin Falls School District are at least 40 years old, a time where many kids rode the bus or walked to school, according to superintendent Wiley Dobbs.
"Many of our kids are dropped off by parents now so it does cause some congestion around schools and if we're going to be safe, everybody needs to follow the same guidelines," exclaims Dobbs.
The Twin Falls School District also recommends always using a designated crosswalk and never dropping off or picking up your child in the middle of the street. Do not park in the bike lane or No Parking Zones. And encourage children to ride the bus and never leave your car unattended unless in a designated parking space.