It pains me to even have to write about this story but I must vent.
A 5yr old boy was killed this week when a tow truck ran him over while he biked. Apparently the tow truck blew the stop sign in a residential area. Investigation is pending...(cell phone? texting? simple human error and distraction? who knows)
The news has been all abuzz with pointing fingers at the tow truck driver, the lack of speed bumps on the street (apparently running the stop sign is common and the residents are well aware of this), etc...
Can I stop here for one second.....
WHY WAS A 5yr OLD RIDING A BIKE WITHOUT ANY ADULT SUPERVISION?????????????
If you read the article, it states
"We actually do not have very many adults who have witnessed this"
"Most of our witnesses to this incident are small, very small, children or young adults"
Are you kidding me??
Would you let your 5 year old head out for a "bike ride" with other kids...alone? 5 year olds can barely tie their shoes, never mind practice road safety.
We were driving to a party last weekend and as we turned onto the street we saw this...
Of course we slowed right down, as the 3 kids were busy playing on the street...and then the 3 year old started to run towards our car and stuck out his tongue at us....
Again, NO PARENTS IN SIGHT.....the kids sauntered back to their garage, which was open.....but still
NO PARENTS IN SIGHT
Does placing a simple sign outside your driveway give you enough comfort that motorists will actually see it and slow down?
Why are WE not watching our kids at play?