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Published August 18, 2012, 04:24 PM

Crosswalk safety as kids return to school

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- Statistics show, 2.2-million kids nationwide are injured every year in accident related injuries at school -- crosswalks being one of them.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- Statistics show, 2.2-million kids nationwide are injured every year in accident related injuries at school -- crosswalks being one of them.

And with school less than a week away, crossing guards want to remind kids and parents especially, of what to look out for.

Officials urge parents, if they drop their kids off at school, be watchful of others crossing the streets. Also, if their kids walk to school, to make sure they walk with a buddy. Walking with your kids the day before school starts is also a good habit to get into, so if you need to you can retrace their route.

Grand Forks Sheriff, Rob Rost, says, "I've seen a lot of issues and problems that could've been avoided if people would just think safe, and that's why we have 2.2 million injuries every year, because parents don't act responsibly sometimes and to protect their kids the way they should be protected."

Sheriff Rost says another important tip is to teach kids to obey all traffic signals, and to be extra careful in bad weather.

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