The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 22, 2013

With school done, look out for kids when driving around


Enid News & Eagle

— Today is the last day of classes for Enid Public Schools students.

Other schools in the area already are out.

That means one thing — kids no longer will be in class most of the day. Instead, many of them will be out and about having fun.

Enid drivers who are used to slowing down around schools will need to pay extra attention everywhere, especially on narrow neighborhood streets and around parks.

We all know children sometimes don’t pay as close attention to their surroundings as they should. The ball they are playing with goes out into the street, and their natural instinct is to chase it. They don’t always stop and look both ways first, either.

Unless drivers take extra care, that could spell disaster.

We hope parents will do their part, too, and talk to their children about being careful around the street.

Two places surely to attract a lot of attention from kids will be the splash pads at Hoover Park and Champion Park. The water features are popular, especially during the hot summer months.

Hoover Park is located on Oklahoma between Hoover and Cleveland, and Champion Park is located at 10th and Chestnut. The splash pads are open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days of the week.

Our admonition to adults — parents and drivers — is to be careful. Let’s have fun this summer, but let’s make sure we are safe, too.