COLUMBIA, SC — With the first day of public schools approaching, law enforcement officers gathered at Alcorn Middle School to advocate for traffic safety Thursday morning.
Drivers in the city need to be aware of new students walking to school, said First Sgt. Glen Levine, of the S.C. Highway Patrol.
Elementary schools in cities are surrounded by homes where children live, so more students in those areas walk to school, he said.
One second a child might be holding his or her parent’s hand and one second the child could be darting out into the road, Levine said.
“We have to heighten our sense of awareness for what a kid may or may not do,” Levine said.
Levine also said drivers need to completely eliminate distractions when driving near school zones.