Students Returning to School Increases Accident Risks
OHIO - The number of traffic accidents will rise now that students have returned to school. According to Kellie O'Riordan, the traffic safety program manager for AAA Ohio Auto Club, traffic volume is increasing and this means a greater chance of crashes in school zones and neighborhoods.
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, pedestrian deaths have increased by 55 percent nationally between 2009 and 2018. In Ohio, 166 pedestrians tragically died in accidents last year, which was 20% higher than the five-year average.
Pedestrian accidents tend to increase in the morning and afternoon, especially at around 3 PM. Thursdays and Fridays are the most dangerous days statistically, AAA said.
The following are a few safety tips for drivers to help prevent a pedestrian accident.
- Reduce speed by as much as 10 MPH.
- Reduce distracted driving.
- Obey school zone and traffic signs.
- Plan your trip in advance.
- Buckle up — Wearing a seat belt can protect you and your loved ones in the event of an accident.
- Obey for crossing guards.
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