AAA Asks Drivers To Be Careful As Kids Head Back To School

By on August 15, 2017 in WNDB News

Florida – AAA warns drivers to slow down and pay attention in school zones and in neighborhoods as 55 million kids go back to school across the country.

According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA),  there were over 343 U.S. child pedestrian deaths and 11,000 injuries in 2015. Florida ranks 2nd in the nation for child pedestrian fatalities with 36 deaths occurring in 2015.

AAA says the before-and-after-school hours are the most important times for driver to be aware. In the last 10 years, 1/3 of child pedestrian deaths occurred after school between the hours of 3 PM and 7 PM.

Since 1946, AAA’s School’s Open – Drive Carefully campaign has helped lower the amount of child pedestrian injuries and deaths. “AAA’s School’s Open – Drive Carefully awareness campaign is designed to curb a trend of unsafe driving behavior as children head back to school,” said AAA’s Managing Director of Traffic Safety Advocacy and Executive Director of the Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, Amy Stracke. “It’s important for motorists to fully focus on driving and remember to be on the lookout for children walking or riding their bicycles to and from school.”

AAA has also released several tips for drivers to use to ensure that they are driving carefully and keeping kids safe. AAA suggests you:

  • Slow down – the difference between 25 mph and 10 mph could save a life
  • Stop completely – 1/3 of drivers do not stop completely in school zones and neighborhoods
  • Get rid of distractions – not looking at the road for 2 seconds doubles your risk of an accident
  • Reverse carefully – check for kids in your driveway, on sidewalks and tell your kids not to play around cars
  • Be aware of bicycles – slow down, give bicyclists 3 feet of space and make sure your child has a helmet that fits
  • Have a conversation with your teen – the leading cause of death for teens is car accidents, with 1 in 4 fatalities occurring during the hours of 3 PM to 7 PM

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Copyright Southern Stone Communications 2017.

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