AAA urges motorists to be alert when schools are open

Omaha, NE – As over 55 million students across the United States get ready to start the 2017-18 school year, AAA urges motorists to slow down and stay alert in neighborhoods and school zones. With new schedules starting once again for many families, it’s critical to be aware of increased child pedestrian activity before -and after-school hours.

The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous for children who are walking. Over the last decade, nearly one-third of child pedestrian fatalities occurred between 3 and 7 p.m. AAA’s School’s Open – Drive Carefully awareness campaign was launched in 1946 to help reduce the number of school-related pedestrian injuries and fatalities. In 2015, more than 343 child pedestrians died and 11,000 were injured nationwide.

 

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