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Stay Alert! School’s Back In Session

Aug. 26, 2013

Cudahy — School’s back in session. That means more children will be walking and riding to and from school. It also means an increase in young pedestrians potentially darting across road¬ways or wandering in front of alleys and driveways.

The Postal Service is asking moms, dads and school officials to remind children about taking extra precautions to avoid accidents around mailboxes and postal vehicles.

“Our postal employees plan on being extra careful when driving at or near schools or playgrounds,” says Cudahy Postmaster Mark Groshek. “But we need the support of every member from the local community to help keep our children safe.”

There are several precautions students can take to avoid accidents. First, never approach a postal vehicle when a letter carrier is delivering the mail. Second, wait for the mail to be delivered before retrieving it from the mailbox. Third, children should never take mail directly from a letter carrier that is delivering mail from inside a vehicle.

“If children approach a vehicle, the letter carrier will get out and ask the children to move away,” Groshek said. “The carrier will deliver the mail directly to the box.”

Children should also limit the use of cell phones and other portable devices as well pay attention to local street signs and observe the rules of the road when riding a bicycle. Observing these tips will help keep children safe during the busy days of a new school year.

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A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation: 152 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With more than 31,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government, usps.com, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $65 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world's mail. If it were a private-sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 42nd in the 2012 Fortune 500. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency for seven years and the fourth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute.

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