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Sheriff offers safety tips for back to school

Published 10:50am Monday, August 23, 2010

The lazy days of summer are nearly over for school-age children across the Roanoke-Chowan area. Soon they will be trading in their days of leisure in exchange for time spent in the classroom.

For some local children, their mode of transportation to and from school is by foot as they live close enough to walk to class. With that in mind, Sheriff Juan Vaughan of Hertford County offers some safety tips for those youngsters who will be walking back and forth to school this year.

“Parents can teach their children the following safety tips which will inform the youngsters of the danger signs to watch for and avoid when walking between school and home,” Sheriff Vaughan said.

Not only do the children need to practice safety during their weekday walks to school.

For some local children, their mode of transportation to and from school is by foot as they live close enough to walk to class. With that in mind, Sheriff Juan Vaughan of Hertford County offers some safety tips for those youngsters who will be walking back and forth to school this year.

“Drivers should be cautious of children walking back and forth to school,” Vaughan noted. “We can all learn from the safety tips listed below and abide by them to make Hertford County safer for all.”

While walking, remember to always travel with a friend.  Two heads are better than one, especially if there’s an emergency, Vaughan said.

The Sheriff also offered these safety tips:

A stranger is anyone you or your parents don’t know well.

You or your friend must never take candy, money, medicine or anything else from a stranger.

If a stranger in a car asks you questions, don’t get close to the car (you could get pulled in) – and never get in the car.

“Strangers can be very tricky – they can ask you to walk with them to “show” them something; they can offer to pay for your video game, or ask you to help them find a lost dog or cat.  Don’t be fooled,” Sheriff Vaughan warned.

Don’t tell anyone your name or address when you’re walking and don’t think that because someone knows your name that they know you – they may just be looking at your name printed on your lunch box, school bag or T-shirt.

If you think you’re in any danger, yell, and run to the nearest store or “safe house” or back to school.

Always tell your parents or teacher if a stranger has approached you.

“By taking the time to carefully prepare your child on how to handle these situations, you can insure your child’s safety whether they are on their way to school or home, playing on a playground or riding their bikes,” Sheriff Vaughan concluded.

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