With New Haven Public Schools opening in a distance learning phase this school year, the 2020-2021 school year will be significantly different then those before it. Instead of having to watch for buses stopping at bus stops, you’ll need to be on the lookout for more pedestrians in the streets of the city. Kids will be learning on their computers, yes, but when it’s time for recess and after school activities there will be more students in the streets.
That is why it is more important then ever that you are diligent about taking safety precautions throughout the city to prevent a New Haven pedestrian accident. With this in mind, let’s review some safety measures you can take as a driver that can help save a life.
- Always slow or stop at a crosswalk or an intersection. Kids don’t always look both ways before they cross the street, so you need to be extra careful.
- Stop at yellow lights. While generally you’re supposed to slow at yellow lights, with so many more kids running through neighborhoods, stopping may be a good idea.
- Stop when you see a ball rolling across the street. After a rolling ball, usually comes a child. If you see anything rolling across the street, come to a complete stop and proceed with caution.
- Slow down. Leave yourself a few extra minutes to get to where you need to go so you have time to drive through the city streets slowly. This will save a life.
These times are certainly unusual and for kids and parents alike it is going to be a new normal having their students home from school during the day. While they will need to make sure their child follows the rules of the road, you will need to be extra careful to keep yourself and neighborhood kids safe.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a New Haven pedestrian accident, contact our office immediately for a review of your case.