(BEDFORD) - With fall arriving, the morning hours remain dark, causing a higher risk for a child to be hit by a vehicle while walking to school.
Bedford DARE officer Steven Gilbert says crossing guards and school bus drivers are reporting more "near misses" as children try to board buses or cross the street to get to schools.
"Drivers need to remain vigilant," Gilbert says "We don't want a child hit and injured or worse. Just in the past month there have been numerous reports on television and in newspapers of children being hit by vehicles and being seriously injured or dying. We don't want that to happen in Bedford."
Some of the "near misses" have been at the intersections of 16th and O streets at the Bedford North Lawrence Junior High School and 16th Street and Brian Lane Way at the Parkview schools and Fifth Street at Stalker School, Gilbert says.
"We have adult crossing guards in those areas," Gilbert says. "But we are asking drivers to slow down and watch out for children standing on the corners or attempting to cross the street."
BPD officers are patrolling at all the schools between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.
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