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Ready or not, Summer is upon us. This means additional dangers that we haven’t had to deal with through the school year.

The biggest danger is the increase number of young people on the streets. Over the past nine months these young people were corralled in school buildings, and allowed to play, at specific times, in the fenced-in playground. However, with school out these young people are now plying in the driveways, in the parks and swimming pool.

To find their way to the park, swimming pool or even a friend’s driveway, these young people will be walking down sidewalks, crossing streets all to make their way to their play area destination. They will be doing this at many different times of the day, there in no longer a set play time.

On their way to their play area there is a good chance you will come in contact with them.

Understand, they are no more use to seeing you in route to their play area as you are of seeing them. As a result, if you are not careful, you could find them dangerously in your pathway to your work, home or your own play area.

A few years ago (2013) 10,000 young people 14-years-old or younger were injured when hit by a car, 236 of them lost their lives, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. On average, a pedestrian of any age was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes as a results of tangling with an automobile.

This time of year, slow down, looking three or four times and keep eyes open for unattached balls - there will probably be an over eager child running close behind in an attempt to reach it. So, be extra careful out there this time of year.

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