After a Denison child was hit by a car walking to school earlier this week, authorities want to make sure children learn the lesson of being aware of your surroundings. Ryan Loyd has some tips today in our Safe Family report.
"One minute could turn things into a catastrophic event," Sherman Fire Department Lt. Greg Loyd says.
When 8-year-old Noah Carriger was struck by a car on his way to school, the incident struck a chord with emergency responders to get the word out and make sure that doesn't happen again.
"The most important thing is to be aware, be alert," Loyd says.
In this case, police say a 17-year-old driver was responsible and was ticketed. The driver said he simply didn't see Carriger or the other student walking with him.
The boy's family says the children aren't provided a safe way to walk to school.
"We need sidewalks. Sidewalks, crosswalks, less than a mile away. There is no reason these kids can't safely walk to school.”
Loyd says children who walk should pay special attention to watching out for cars. Drivers should also be very careful, especially in school zones and places where children are going to school.
"A lot of towns are adopting 'no cell phone' policies in school zones just for that reason -- it's distracting," Loyd says.
Even if you're late, taking time to be careful will help everyone stay safe. Keep children out of the hospital, and keep yourself out of a courtroom.