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AAA Urges Drivers To Be Safe As School Resumes

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As students head back to school, whether virtually or in person, drivers are being encouraged to be careful on the roads.

The pandemic has brought about what will no doubt be a unique school year.  Some classes are in person, others online.  But either way, AAA is urging drivers to be careful as classes resume.  Here’s
AAA spokesperson, Adrianne Woodland.

“Back to school season looks different this year.  But it is so important for drivers to be vigilant and keep safety top of mind.  Traditional school zone safety activity could move closer to home for many.  And we’re urging drivers to remain alert and expect increased foot traffic and bicycle traffic at all times throughout the day.”

AAA has numerous tips and reminders for drivers as the new school year kick off…. Such as staying vigilant in school zones.

“Speed limits in school zones are reduced for a reason.  A pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling at 25 miles an hour is 2/3 less likely to be killed, compared to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling just ten miles faster.”

Other tips include, coming to a complete stop at stop signs (research shows one-third of drivers roll through stop signs in school zones or neighborhoods), you should also eliminate distractions and share safe driving information with your household.

“Also, we’re encouraging drivers and parents to talk to their teen drivers. Car crashes are the leading cause of death in the United States, so definitely, talk to your teen about being safe while driving on the road.”

You can find more information about safe driving and tips, at AAA.com

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.