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Back to School Safety Tips
Nearly one in four pedestrian fatalities occurred during after-school hours
PHILADELPHIA, PA (August 23, 2018) –– Every fall, more than 55 million children across the United States head back to school. With 13 percent of those children typically walking or biking to their classes, AAA warns drivers to be especially vigilant for pedestrians before and after school hours. The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous, with nearly one in four child pedestrian fatalities occurring between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
“It’s that time when motorists need to be much more aware and careful, as Philadelphia-area students head back to school,” said Jana L. Tidwell, manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Kids will be walking and biking to school, getting on and off school buses, and in and out of cars in carpool lines. All of these situations create extra hazards for drivers as well as the student pedestrians and bicyclists. In addition, many new, inexperienced teen drivers will be driving to school for the first time, creating additional concerns for traffic safety.”
AAA Mid-Atlantic and the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education are renewing the call to motorists to slow down and stay alert with its annual School’s Open—Drive Carefully campaign. Launched in 1946, AAA’s School’s Open – Drive Carefully awareness campaign was created as a way to help reduce child pedestrian fatalities and injuries.
Tips for Motorists
“Drivers have had the roads to themselves since mid-June,” says Tidwell. “As schools continue to open across the region, drivers must remember that their commute time may increase and that leaving home a little earlier can help them get where they need to be on time and with less stress.”
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