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Back to School Starts Soon, AAA Urges Drivers to Slow Down and Stay Alert in School Zones

July 31, 2019

ATLANTA, GA -  According to an online news report at, roughly 56 million children across the United States will be heading back to school very soon.  As a result, AAA urges drivers to slow down and remain alert in neighborhoods and school zones.*

Drivers are urged by AAA to remain vigilant and alert while in school zones both before and after school hours.  Children are especially vulnerable to being involved in pedestrian accidents between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m. 

 “We are aware of the risk to children in and around school zones, and that’s why we developed AAA’s School’s Open – Drive Carefully awareness campaign to help curb unsafe driving behavior near schools,” says Sasha Marcinczyk, Georgia Field Vice President, AAA-The Auto Club Group. “If Georgia motorists slow down and stay alert, they can save lives.”

The AAA School’s Open Drive Carefully awareness campaign started in 1946 in an attempt to prevent school-related pedestrian traffic accidents.  The goal is to help kids lead fulfilling, injury-free lives.  In this view, AAA offers the following safety tips for drivers to keep kids safe for this upcoming school year:

  • Drive slowly.  The speed limits in school zones are lesser than in other areas for a poignant reason. A pedestrian struck by a vehicle going at 25 mph is 2/3 less likely to die in an accident compared to a scenario where a driver was going 10 mph faster.  A 10 mph difference can undoubtedly save a life.  

  • Do not engage in distractions. Children are more likely than others to enter the road unexpectedly and may emerge suddenly between two cars that are parked.  Taking your eyes off of the road for just a few seconds greatly increases your chances of being involved in an accident.

  • Talk to your teenager.  Automobile accidents are a major cause of teen deaths in the United States.  Talk to your child about tips to keep them safe.

  • Reverse carefully. When backing out, be sure to check your surroundings before proceeding.  Also, talk with your children about never playing on, near, or under a vehicle at any time.  

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