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7ITH LESS THAN A WEEK BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS /$/4 IS URGING PARENTS TO TALK WITH THEIR CHILDREN ABOUT BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY

s #HECK YOUR ROUTE WITH A PARENT OR OTHER ADULT #HOOSE STREETS WITH LOW TRAFl C VOLUMES SLOW SPEEDS FEW INTERSECTIONS

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AND ALERT PEDESTRIANS IF YOU ARE PASSING

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