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Springmyer Elementary Partners with AAA to Urge Motorists to Drive Carefully as Back to School Season Kicks Off

Posted on: August 19, 2019
Springmyer Safety Patrol

Springmyer Safety Patrol

Safety patrollers from Springmyer elementary joined AAA, Children's Hospital and the Green Township Police Department to kick of back to school season and encourage motorists to Drive Carefully via AAA's School's Open - Drive Carefully campaign.

Here are several tips from AAA for motorists to help keep kids safe:

  • Slow down. Speed limits in school zones are reduced for a reason. A pedestrian struck by a
    vehicle traveling at 25 mph is nearly two-thirds less likely to be killed compared to a pedestrian
    struck by a vehicle traveling just 10 mph faster.
  • Come to a complete stop. Research shows that more than one-third of drivers roll through stop
    signs in school zones or neighborhoods. Always come to a complete stop, checking carefully for
    children on sidewalks and in crosswalks before proceeding.
  • Eliminate distractions. Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds
    doubles your chance of crashing. And children can be quick, crossing the road unexpectedly or
    emerging suddenly between two parked cars. Reduce risk by not using your cell phone or eating
    while driving, for example.
  • Reverse responsibility. Every vehicle has blind spots. Check for children on the sidewalk, in
    the driveway and around your vehicle before slowly backing up. Teach your children to never
    play in, under or around vehicles.
  • Watch for bicycles. Children on bikes are often inexperienced, unsteady and unpredictable. Slow down and allow at least three feet of passing distance between your vehicle and a bicyclist. If your child rides a bicycle to school, require that he or she wear a properly fitted helmet on every ride. Find videos, expert advice and safety tips at ShareTheRoad.AAA.com.
  • Talk to your teen. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in country, and nearly one in four fatal crashes involving teen drivers occur during the after-school hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Get evidence-based guidance and tips at TeenDriving.AAA.com.

Here are several tips for parents who have children who will be walking or biking to school:

  • Cross responsibly. Always cross the street at a corner or at a crosswalk; cross with a crossing
    guard if there is one.
  • Be seen. If it is dark, make sure children wear light-colored clothing or clothing with reflective
  • Never cross behind a bus or car. Do not cross behind a bus or vehicle where a driver cannot see
    you. Only cross in front of a bus or vehicle when the driver says it is safe to do so.
  • Adopt a buddy system. Have your child walk with a relative or friend.
  • Choose the best route. Discuss walking routes with your child and pick the one that is the
    safest. Once chosen, walk that route with your children and discuss any present road dangers.
  • Point out landmarks to look for like crosswalks or traffic signals. Point out the houses of
    people you know where they can go if they need to.
  • Stay alert. Remind your children that it’s important to be alert and aware of their surroundings.
    Determine a safe location on the route that your children can go to if they feel they are in danger.
    Also, eliminate distractions such as headphones which can prevent your child from hearing
    emergency sirens, horns or traffic signals.