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Children hit on scooter prompts bicycle safety talk

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Two young children were hit by a car Monday afternoon as they crossed the street in Shreveport's Queensborough neighborhood. 

The boy and girl were riding a motorized scooter and crossed in front of a car. Both were hit, and the boy suffered a broken leg.

With the summer school vacation coming, now might not be a bad time for parent's to talk to kids about how to pedal safely.

Here are some bicycle tips from safety organization Think First:

"Simply wearing a helmet can reduce your risk of a serious brain and head injury by as much as 85-to 88 percent. So something as simple as wearing a helmet can greatly reduce your risk," said Chris Marlin.

Marlin is the Program Director at Think First, and said it's important to wear a helmet while riding, but it's just as important to wear a proper size helmet:

"You want to make sure that your forehead is covered, and that it's not sitting on the bridge of your nose. That all the straps are tightened and buckled, and you want to leave enough space to slip a finger underneath the chin strap."

Marlin says the number one crash-related cause of accidental deaths for people ages is distracted driving. It's a growing problem, mainly because of cell phones.

So Marlin has some advice for drivers as well: "

If you're coming up on a kid that's riding on the sidewalk or the road, you want to pay attention to what they're doing too," he said. "Making sure that they're doing what they need to do to stay safe, and to stay out of your way. They can do something unpredictable, and you want to be in a position where you can react accordingly."

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