Daylight Saving Time change puts kids at dark bus stops
Columbus boy, 13, struck Monday morning
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INDIANAPOLIS - A tragic accident in Columbus put the spotlight on the danger Daylight Saving Time can pose to kids.
Daylight Saving Time means more kids are waiting for the school bus or walking to school in the dark since sunrise is now about one hour later.
Monday morning, 13-year-old Jalen Lee was struck by a car while walking to school. He was airlifted to Riley Hospital for Children in critical condition.
The driver has not been cited for any violations, but Columbus Police are warning drivers to be extra cautious when near schools.
Police think the driver might not have seen the Columbus middle schooler in the dark.
Amber Watkins, a mother of four students in Perry Township Schools, said she worries about her kids waiting for the school bus in the dark.
"I've always come out here (to the bus stop) with my children. When my older ones, when they were younger up until middle school, I came out with them," Watkins said.
Jim White, the director of transportation for Hamilton Southeastern Schools, works to keep kids safe on their way to and from school.
"We would prefer to pick up kids in daylight, there's no question about that," he said.
White said, if possible, a parent should wait with their child at the bus stop during dark mornings. He also recommended getting to the bus stop five minutes early so kids aren’t running alongside a bus.
Both White and Watkins urged parents to dress their child to stand out in the dark.
"Anything that might be reflective, even something that's light colored, helps a lot, especially when the light hits them from the bus," White said.
"They've got reflective things on their shoes at least," Watkins said about her kids.
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