Safety the Focus as Kids Head Back to School

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- Kids are returning back to school this week all across the Valley.

In Waynesboro, police are keeping a close eye on the roads as kids start walking to school.

Although it was quiet at the Wayne Hills Center in Waynesboro on Tuesday, it's going to be a lot busier on Wednesday.

About 140 3 and 4-year-olds attend pre-K at the center. School leaders and police across the Valley are asking that you drive safely with school back in session.

As another school year approaches, bus driver Brenda Knott is getting ready to pick up kids. She says a lot of drivers don't follow directions.

"People run our lights everyday. It's like since they think the kids are loading on the sidewalk that it's safe for them to just go on through," said Knott. "You cannot count on a 4-year-old not darting out between the bus."

Along busy Route 340 and Westwood Hills Elementary, Jacqueline Rogers is a school crossing guard who worries about the safety of the children. She says a lot of the drivers aren't paying attention and are often on their phones.

"Some of them don't want to stop and I always yell at them, and I point the finger at them, 'Stop that car!'" said Rogers.

Both Knott and Rogers advise leaving five extra minutes in the morning, so you're not in a hurry with so many kids on the road.


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