Its that time of year again, when children say goodbye to summer vacation and head back to school. In an effort to keep kids safe when traveling to and from school, the New York State Police have announced the AAA’s annual School’s Open—Drive Carefully campaign. While the typical safe-driving campaign remains in effect for about a week, the School’s Open – Drive Carefully initiative will run for over a month, ending October 14th, 2015.
The campaign, which first launched in 1946, seeks to alert drivers to the special risks school-aged children face. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children aged 5 to 14 and approximately one-third of child pedestrian fatalities occur right after school lets out, between the hours of 3pm and 7pm.
To promote awareness, State Police and other official vehicles will be equipped with School’s Open bumper stickers, reminding motorists to drive with extra caution. Drivers should be particularly alert for children darting out between parked cars on busy streets, especially since children who are still in vacation-mode are likely to be less careful.
Carpooling parents can also create a safety risk during peak drop-off and pick-up times. According to a recent survey of 1,000 parents by Safe Kids Worldwide and the General Motors Foundation, one in five parents who carpool admit to bending the rules while driving.
Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said in a statement, “As the summer season comes to an end, thousands of children will be boarding buses and walking to and from school. The New York State Police remind motorists to drive carefully and be especially aware of school speed zones, school bus traffic, and children walking.”
In addition to the safety risks, motorists convicted of speeding in a school zone, failing to stop for a school bus, or passing a stopped bus could face harsh fines, points added to their license, increased insurance rates, and possible jail time. Remember to stay alert and aware of the posted speed limit and surroundings at all times while driving through school zones.
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