Hughes says younger students might be more at risk for not paying close attention to cars but every student is at risk and it is important to remind every student, no matter what age, about the possible dangers of the road. The first few weeks of school are always a little hectic and Chief Hughes goes on to say that law enforcement will put extra emphasis on the school zones for those first few weeks.
It is also important to remain observant in school parking lots when many cars are converging in parking lots to drop off students. With many parents who are concerned about getting their kids to school on time as well as themselves to work, Chief Hughes says that the parking lots can also be a potential safety risk to students.
Another reminder besides pedestrian and driver safety for the back to school season is for drivers to be sure and lock their cars whenever they are not close by. Your car can be broken into at any time and it is especially at risk if left unlocked and unattended. There were six reported car break-ins this past weekend alone in Kirksville and all cars were said to be unlocked at the time of the break-in. School parking lots are virtually unattended all day during the school hours and easy targets for car break-ins, so remember to drive carefully to and from school and secure your car when you are not driving.