SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Five children have been hit by cars while riding their bikes to school, according to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.
He said all of those incidents happened in the last week or so, and he is raising the alarm.
The father of a boy who was hit said his son is still shaken up, but is otherwise OK after he was hit in a crosswalk one morning.
The sheriff is advising both drivers and students to be cautious while in school zones.
“This is a very disturbing trend that we have seen,” Sheriff Dennis Lemma said, adding that he sees responsibility on both sides and wants to educate.
“Many of the kids who were hit were riding their bikes in the crosswalk, and we want to educate motorists that may not have dropped their children off to school because they were going to school remotely last year,” Lemma aid.
He said if someone hits a child on their bike or a pedestrian, it’s imperative you do not leave the scene or officials will find you.
The sheriff plans to have more patrols around school areas to keep a closer eye on things. The sheriff’s office has bike helmets and lights they are giving away if children need them.