Sunday cartoon: Busy parking lots safety

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BURRILLVILLE – It’s Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of the summer season nationwide.

With beautiful weather forecasts this weekend, there are expected increases in road trips that lead to busy restaurants, diners, tourist attractions, community centers, parades, events, beaches and car shows across the state of Rhode Island. Parking lots are full of vehicles coming and going, and there are also plenty of kids and families walking through these parking lots to reach their destinations.

It’s very important that kids do not run or play in parking lots for any reason. Never stand directly behind a parked vehicle for any reason. Kids should always be accompanied by an adult or a responsible individual when maneuvering in-between cars and trucks while walking across parking lots at anytime but especially during the busy holiday weekend, school vacation and tourist season just around the corner. Parking lots can be very dangerous for children as well as teenagers and adults if people are not paying attention to their surroundings.

Watch for vehicles approaching you, backing out of parking spots or driving through parking lots. This Sunday feature coloring cartoon is perfect for sitting down with kids and discussing parking lot safety while coloring. Always watch for vehicles on the move in busy parking lots and even hold the hands of little kids to make sure that they do not run or wander off unsupervised. Look both ways when crossing aisles open for vehicles traveling back-and-forth just like you would crossing any streets and roadways. Walk, don’t run, across parking lots. Reach your destination safely.

Have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Jim Weicherding is a Burrillville resident, and the founder and creator of an award-winning traffic safety effort Seasons of Safety. Weicherding contributes kids’ coloring cartoons, which can be printed and used to help parents discuss safety issues with their children. He has a long list of police officers and firefighters in his family and has worked with law enforcement and firefighters in a creative public safety capacity for more than two decades

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