Hiking tips

Boards help children walk to school away from cars

Summer vacation ends in a few weeks, when kids and parents start hitting the pavement to walk and bike to school.

The Jacksonville/Morgan County Office of Emergency Management has shared some tips on how pedestrians and drivers can keep people from getting hurt in the process.

No matter how people get to their destination, they should be careful not to be distracted, said director of emergency management Phil McCarty.

“We spend a lot of time talking about ‘don’t text and drive’ and putting your phone down…but, if you’re the pedestrian and you’re on your phone, similar rules apply,” he said. declared.

Pedestrians should walk on the sidewalk whenever possible to stay out of the way, McCarty said. If there is no sidewalk available, pedestrians should walk facing traffic so that they and approaching cars can see each other coming.

Cyclists must follow the flow of traffic and obey the same rules of the road that drivers follow, McCarty said. Cyclists should also stay as close to the sidewalk as possible. Those biking at night or in another low-visibility scenario should have a bike light, McCarty said.

“The headlights of the cars are on; you have to turn on your headlights as well,” he said.

Drivers should give those traveling by foot and bike ample room when traveling and be aware of their location, McCarty said.

“…I think we have to realize that (the kids) are going back to school in a few weeks, so we have to be prepared,” McCarty said.

McCarty encouraged people to visit the Office of Emergency Management’s Facebook page, where safety tips will be posted every Friday in August.