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Teaching Pedestrian Safety

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With this warm weather, we can expect to see a lot more kids outside. And that means parents and drivers need to be on the lookout especially after a tragic accident Monday night.

Monday night an SUV hit a 5-year-old boy just west of the intersection of Baring and Vista Boulevards.

The boy was taken to the hospital, but he ended up passing away.

Now Sparks Police are investigating, but they do not believe alcohol was a factor. They say the driver is cooperating.

This tragedy serves as a reminder for all of us-- and especially parents to pay attention and teach good safety habits.

Washoe County School District has a program called "Safe Routes to School" that teaches kids important skills for whenever they are near roadways. "Look both ways. Don't dart out into traffic. Always make eye contact with the car coming up to you, because you're not sure before you cross that they do see you," says Chief Mike Mieras.

The tips might seem obvious, but kids can forget especially younger kids. Mieras says the best way you can make sure they remember is to show them. "When you're out for walks with your children, always reinforce what you're trying to tell them by leading by example."

Mieras also says to remember to wear bright clothes when you're out at night. And drivers - if you see kids, it's always a good idea to slow down even if they're not in the street Because they can be unpredictable.

And if you'd like more safety tips, and for more information about the safe routes to school program, go to http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/index.php

Written by Arianna Bennett

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