Kortz: Drive safe this summer and watch for children

As the school year winds down, be more cognizant of surroundings

HARRISBURG, May 22 – As the weather warms up and as children are dismissed from school for the summer, state Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, is reminding motorists to be conscious of their surroundings during these upcoming months.

“Children will be outdoors throughout our neighborhoods and in our parks, and sometimes they don’t have the best sense of their surroundings,” Kortz said. “The summer is a great season to take advantage of being outside and all of the recreational activities associated with it, but please take extra precautions and look for children when driving.”

Kortz said a rise in bike and foot traffic are inevitable with the turn of seasons and daylight saving hours.

Contrary to what most people think, the summer is the most dangerous time to operate a motor vehicle for a variety of reasons including seasonal thunderstorms, construction, teen drivers and holiday travel, according to the Department of Transportation.

Some driver safety suggestions from the AAA include:

  • Make sure to look for pedestrians and cyclists at intersections.

  • Make eye contact with children as they cross the street.

  • Scan between parked vehicles to see if any children are playing.

  • Slow down and look for cues that children may be in the area.

Additionally, Kortz is cautioning parents to make sure their children wear helmets when riding a bicycle and encourage them to stay on safe roads.