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Cape Coral Police offer students back to school safety reminder

Posted at 9:09 PM, Aug 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-23 23:49:40-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Back to school means back to the safety basics, especially during school pick up and drop off.

While most safety rules seem to be geared towards parents and drivers, Cape Coral Police Public Information Officer, Phil Mullen, says local students need a safety reminder of their own.

"It is also incumbent upon pedestrians, that being students to pay attention to where they sit, what they are doing while walking along the road or in a crosswalk or anything like that,” said Mullen.

The biggest safety risk police are seeing is kids glued to their phones while walking on or waiting near busy streets.

"They need to get off their phones and devices and pay attention to what is going on around them while they are walking or waiting on their bus stop,” said Mullen.

But once they get to their bus stops, the distractions don't stop there.

"We see a lot of kids sitting literally in the street or with their legs sticking out in the street also while on their devices,” said Mullen.

According to Cape Coral Police, to date there haven't been any pedestrian-related crashes involving students and they're hoping that these reminders help keep it that way.

"We want zero for the entire school year, we want zero for the entire city if we can do it, it's not always realistic, but we do what we can to educate both drivers and pedestrians to try and make that goal happen,” said Mullen.

Click here for a full list of safety tips for parents, students and drivers.