FWCS & FWPD ask drivers to watch out for pedestrians - October 03, 2011

Record Number: 7991
Displayed from: Oct 03, 2011 , until: Dec 31, 2011

Fort Wayne Community Schools and the Fort Wayne Police Department are asking motorists to take care and be observant of pedestrians crossing the street. In recent weeks, there have been several accidents involving pedestrians and vehicles. Many of the accidents involved school-age children. Drivers should be mindful of children walking to and from school and bus stops in the morning and afternoon. The number of students on the streets and sidewalks is particularly high between 6 and 9 a.m. and 2:30 and 5 p.m. In the morning, students are often walking in the dark, and some may not arrive home until after dark if they participate in after school activities. Parents should also remind their children to be safe and watch for vehicles as the cross the street, even at controlled intersections and crosswalks. Pedestrians should: Cross at a corner when possible and make eye contact with drivers before crossing into their path. Watch for cars turning or backing up. Look left and right before crossing and continue to look while crossing. Walk on sidewalks or paths. If no sidewalk is available, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Wear light-colored clothing or jackets with reflective material or carry a flashlight or other reflective device. Drivers should: Watch for pedestrians at all time, particularly at intersections and in crosswalks. Give pedestrians the right of way. Slow down and be alert in residential areas and near schools. Reduce distractions inside the car, including cell phones, and focus on the road and surroundings.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.