On August 19th, the City of Bradenton Fire Department will help welcome students back to school while reminding drivers on busy thoroughfares to once again be mindful of pedestrians and school zones.
From approximately 8:00 am till 8:30 am, BFD vehicles will be staged near five schools* within the City with lights on and awareness banners posted, while fire personnel greet students on their way to their first day of the new school year.
The presence of emergency vehicles near school zones on busy roadways is a clear reminder to drivers to slow down and be cautious of pedestrians. According to the CDC, there is “one pedestrian death every 2 hours, and a pedestrian injury every 8 minutes. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip.” and children are at a greater risk due to their size, inability to judge distances and speeds, and lack of experience with traffic rules.
This is the third year that the BFD has participated in such an event.
Additional safety information for children and drivers can be found at “Back to School Safety” in the “Safety Spotlight” section of www.safekids.org.
* Manatee Elementary (1609 6th Avenue East) staging at/near 5th Avenue East (aka Manatee Avenue) and 17th Street East;
Miller Elementary (601 43rd Street West) staging at/near Manatee Avenue West and 43rd Street West;
Wakeland Elementary (1812 27th Street East) staging at/near 27th Street East and 18th Avenue East;
Moody Elementary (5425 38th Avenue West) and Sugg Middle (3801 59th Street West) staging at/near 59th Street West and 38th Avenue West.