August 30, 2006

AMA encourages students and drivers to “start smart”

Edmonton, Alberta – With a new school year beginning, the Alberta Motor Association (AMA) is reminding students and drivers to “start smart” and look out for each other.

“This is an exciting time for both students and parents, as a new school year begins and everyone gets back into regular routines after summer vacation,” says Josy Wicentowich, AMA School Safety Patrol Provincial Coordinator. “Drivers and students need to watch for each other and take individual responsibility to be sure everyone starts smart this year.”

The AMA says that there have been no serious injuries or fatalities at school crosswalks monitored by AMA School Safety patrollers since the program began in 1937. The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) recognized the program with a Best Practice Award at its national convention in June.

AMA will hold special events across the province between August 30 and September 7 to celebrate the new AMA School Safety Patrol year, and the efforts and dedication of patrollers, parents, schools, police, community partners and AMA staff that led to the award. For information on the events and the program, visit

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