Safety Reminders

As a new school year gets underway and fall approaches there are sure to be lots of fall festivals and a busy holiday shopping season just around the corner, the Union County Sheriff's Office would like to offer a few reminders and safety tips to parents. While living, working, and playing in Indian Trail this fall and winter, we urge you to be safe and aware of your surroundings.


Walking to the Bus Stop

Always walk young children to the bus stop. When possible, have older children walk in groups-there is safety in numbers and groups are easier for drivers to see. Avoid walking in the street whenever possible but if you must walk in the street, walk single file, face traffic and stay as close to the edge of the road as you can. Stop and look left, right and then left again if you must cross the street; do the same at driveways and alleys.

Waiting at the Bus Stop

Do not allow children to play running games or push/shove (even if just playing) at the bus stop. Make sure children stand at least 10 feet (5 giant steps) from the road while waiting for the bus. If waiting for the bus in your car, never park where you could obstruct the bus; students should not wait in the car until the bus is coming-they should be standing outside at the designated bus stop before the bus arrives.

Getting On & Off the Bus

Always cross in front of the bus, never cross behind. Make sure that you are at least 10 feet (five giant steps) ahead of the bus before crossing-you should be far enough ahead of the bus to maintain eye contact with the driver. Remind children not to cross the street to board the bus, board the bus or get off the bus until the bus has come to a complete stop, the bus' red stop lights are activated and the driver signals it is safe to cross-not all (car) drivers remember to stop for school bus lights so always look right and left to ensure all traffic has come to a complete stop before stepping into the roadway.

When Riding in a Vehicle

When riding in a vehicle, make sure children are secured in an approved child safety seat or seat belt. Remember, the back seat is safest!

When Children Are Swimming

When children are swimming, always make sure an adult is nearby and watching. Never allow children to swim alone! Remember to have children wear sunscreen.

Beware of Suspicious Persons or Activities

Be alert to strangers watching children and report any suspicious persons or activities to the police immediately. Remind children that anyone they don't know is a stranger. Tell them never talk to or take candy from a stranger; never take rides from a stranger; never help a stranger look for a lost pet; never open the door for a stranger.

Teach Children Complete Names

Make sure children know their complete name, the parent's name and how to contact a parent in an emergency.

Updated Schedule of Children's Activities

Keep an updated schedule of children's activities and know whom they will be with, how to contact them and when they will return. Remember that Indian Trail has a Juvenile and Minor Protection ordinance that restricts youth under 18 years of age from being out after 11 p.m. Visit the town website to view the ordinance in its entirety.

Dial 911

Make sure children know how to dial 911 if they need help or have an emergency.

Wear a Helmet

Your child needs to wear a helmet on every bike ride, no matter how short or how close to home. Many bicycle accidents happen in driveways, on sidewalks, and on bike paths, not just on streets. Children learn best by observing you. Whenever you ride, put on your helmet. Children should never ride bicycles, skateboards, or scooters in or near traffic.

Keep Children Within Eyesight

When at parks, shopping malls and public events, be aware of the surroundings and keep children within eyesight. Indian Trail recently adopted an ordinance that prohibits loitering around businesses. Instruct your children not to block or restrict customer and pedestrian flow by congregating on sidewalks near the business entrances.