Watch safety on trek to school

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) A new school year is nearly upon us and that means that some students in Rapid City will be taking a new route to and from school.

Now is a good time to remind your child how to get home to and from school safely. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, between 2006 to 2015 there were 301 school-age children killed in transportation-related crashes. If your child is riding a bus, make sure they know where stop is and have them stay five steps away from the curb, always wait for the bus driver to tell them when to board, face forward after finding a seat,look both ways after departing the bus and take at least five steps away. It is a good idea to accompany your child on their walking route to school.

"Walk with your child to and from school so they know how to get to and from and they're a not getting lost." said Matthew James, an Rapid City Police Department resource officer at West Middle School. "As far as safety is concerned...even though there is a crosswalk, make sure you are looking both ways, make sure it's safe to enter the road before you do so. You don't want to rely on...a driver in the vehicle to see you there so, better be safe then sorry."

Children should always use sidewalks on the routes always focus on walking near traffic. Children under 10 should be accompanied by an adult or someone who can make sure they walk safely.