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Police Ask Drivers to Watch Out for More Kids on Bikes

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With the warmer weather and many schools out for summer break, police officers are asking drivers to do their part and be on the lookout for kids outside, playing and riding their bikes.

If you're driving in an area where kids like to play, it's important to be extra cautious.

While most kids know what they should do to stay safe, they don't always do them.

"Children are children," Lt. Pete Krall for Sparks Police Department said. "They just do things kind of impetuously. They don't necessarily look to cross the street. They get excited about what they're doing. They lose track of things."

"I think we as parents would have to take that responsibility because the kids aren't going to do it," Elisa Lopez said. "You can tell them a hundred times and they're still going to just drive out there without looking because they're so excited about getting on their bike."

Kids are encouraged to wear safety gear like helmets, knee pads, and elbow pads, and of course, pay attention.

"Stay on the sidewalk or something, not in the road," 11-year-old Vicente Tapia said. "Stay in the bike lanes and look back and forth for cars when you're crossing the street."

"I think that you have to repeat the message multiple times," Krall said. "The time that you want the child to learn a lesson is before the accident occurs, not as a result of one."

Just two days ago, a nine-year old girl was hit by a car when she rode a scooter onto Greenbrae Drive, from in-between two parked cars.

She was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. Luckily, they are not life-threatening.

"Whenever you get children that are involved in these things, it tugs at the heart strings," Krall said. "But when you hear a call like that, you always fear the worst."

Police officers say there are also some things that drivers can do to help lower the risk of pedestrian accidents.

"Be alert, stay off the cell phones, pay attention to what you're doing, which is driving," Krall said.

Krall says even if you're driving in an area that has a low speed limit, it still could be too fast for you to react if a kid rides out in front of you.

So he says you should watch your speed in areas around parks or playgrounds, or in neighborhoods where kids like to play.

Written by Paul Nelson

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