Okaloosa, Crestview law enforcers offer back-to-school safety tips

Published: Monday, August 19, 2013 at 07:00 PM.

Kimmons reminded motorists that beginning Oct. 1, it is illegal to text and drive in Florida.

Biking safely to school

Children who ride bikes to school must learn the rules of the road and obey traffic laws, Kimmons said.

Bicyclists must ride on the right, not facing traffic, and stop at stop signs, according to safety materials Kimmons distributed at Riverside Elementary School's Thursday open house.

"Some of the kids go through the four-way stop like they own the place," Kimmons said.

Under Florida law, bikers under 16 must wear a helmet. Carrying an extra passenger is illegal, as is wearing ear buds or headphones, Kimmons' materials stated.

Jahvon Holgood, a Crestview High School junior, visiting with Kimmons on Thursday, grinned when the officer reminded him that he was the first student the officer encountered texting with both hands while cycling to school.

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