How to keep your kids safe on National Walk to School Day

Posted at 5:56 AM, Oct 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-04 05:56:32-04

CINCINNATI -- A warning for drivers: You may see more kids out walking Wednesday morning as they celebrate National Walk to School Day.

"It's a great reminder for everybody -- school's back in session. Please slow down, a lot of times these kids are where they really shouldn't be," said Chief Vince Demasi of the Mount Healthy Police Department.

Walking to school fosters healthy habits for kids and gives them a sense of independence. However, walking can be more dangerous than riding the bus.

Walk to School Day organizers recommend planning and practicing the route ahead of time. They also suggest using the most direct route with crosswalks and not cutting through neighborhoods and side streets.

One more tip: Don't let children wear headphones or text on a cellphone while walking.