Editorial: Take time to learn rules
September 6, 2013
Randy Looper, absent
Noelle Leavitt Riley
Children need to know the rules of the road — plain and simple. It can save lives. Last week, the Craig Daily Press ran a story that gave readers information on what is right and what is wrong while walking and/or cycling on the road.
The article outlined that the law states that pedestrians are supposed to walk against traffic and bicyclists are supposed to ride with traffic, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.
We don't always see this happen in Craig. What the editorial board has seen is scary — a kid unsafely riding a bike with no helmet and paying no attention to cars that can kill them in an instant.
This week, we'd like to remind parents and children to be more cautious while out on our roads. Kids need to wear helmets. The police need to get involved and stop kids when they're not wearing helmets, riding against traffic and/or unsafely crossing an intersection.
The newspaper has received a few calls in recent weeks from concerned residents who almost have hit kids on a bike because of a child not paying attention to vehicles. That's scary. No one wants to lose a child.
We also think parents need to get involved and properly train their children on the laws of the road. Take time during the weekend and put lights and reflectors on their bikes. Make sure they have helmets.
Additionally, we'd like to commend The Memorial Hospital and those who donated money for their Back-to-School Fair where they gave 250 helmets away to kids in the community. TMH also shared bike safety tips. Bravo.
We'd like the community to take note of what TMH did for children. We also want Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff's Office and other government entities to hold a public event, highlighting bike and road safety.
Thanks to those who work so hard to keep our community safe.
(The views of the editorial board do not reflect the views of the entire paper.)