August 9, 2006

Motorists need to be cautious in the new school year, AAA says

Orlando, Florida – As the end of summer approaches and a new school year begins, drivers need to stay more alert, according to the AAA. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one-fifth of all children 14 years of age or younger who die in motor vehicle crashes are pedestrians, and fatalities are more likely to happen in the afternoon when school is getting out.

The AAA offers the following tips:

  • Slow down in or near school or residential areas, and come to a complete stop at all intersections. Studies show that more than one-third of motorists in school zones or neighbourhoods just “roll through” intersections with a stop sign.
  • Look for safety patrols, crossing guards, bicycles and playgrounds, which indicate children might be in the area.
  • Scan between parked cars and other objects for children who may dart into the street near school zones, playgrounds and bus stops.
  • Always stop for school buses that are loading or unloading students.

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