With school almost back in session, officials are reminding drivers to remain alert.
Commuters should be watchful of bus passengers, and children who are walking or riding to and from school.
Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue (PWCDFR) Chief Kevin McGee is also recommending drivers to avoid using their cell phones and turn their car radios down when traveling through neighborhoods and school areas.
They should also carefully enter and leave driveways and alleys, and watch for children who are on or near the road, according to a release.
Children are advised to take precautions, as well.
Officials are suggesting that youth always cross the street with an adult until they are at least 10 years old.
They shouldn’t cross between parked cars or run out in the street.
It’s recommended that pedestrians make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.
If walking in the street is the only option, pedestrians should face traffic while walking.
More information about pedestrian safety is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute.
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