2 Accidents Involving School Children Worry Rapid City Officials
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Two accidents involving children have school officials and police in Rapid City looking both ways.
Cars hit two children six days apart in front of Rapid City elementary schools this month. The Rapid City Journal reports minor injuries resulted in the accidents at Wilson Elementary on Wednesday and at Robbinsdale Elementary last week.
Police Lt. Brian Blenner calls it "a big blip on the radar."
Officials feel fortunate to have dodged two tragedies. But police have now concentrated patrols around school zones during drop-off and pickup times. And school officials have asked principals to redouble their scrutiny of safety plans.
Both accidents happened when students exited vehicles on a far curb and crossed toward the school, entering traffic from behind other vehicles. Neither accident happened at a crosswalk.
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