Just when summer seems to be kicking into high gear, auto safety advocates are already warning drivers to be prepared for back-to-school traffic.
The American Automobile Association has distributed some 1,200 roadside signs across the state to alert drivers that roads are about to get more crowded as teachers and students start going back to school. That includes more school buses, as well as cars, bicycles and pedestrians.
“Drivers should have a heightened sense of awareness from the moment they leave the driveway,” AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said in a statement announcing the effort. “Students will be walking or pedaling throughout neighborhoods and alongside city streets, making their way to-and-from school or the bus stop. Many of them might not be looking for you, so make sure you’re looking for them.”
More than half (56%) of all motorists in Florida drive through at least one school zone during their daily commute, according to AAA. Many of those drivers admit to engaging in risky behavior: 37% acknowledge that they exceed the speed limit and 35% say they use mobile phones while behind the wheel.
AAA is urging drivers to take a number of precautions to ensure their own safety, as well as that of school children and teachers.
It starts with slowing down, especially in school zones.
“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,” AAA said.
Drivers are also encouraged to come to a complete stop at stop signs, rather than rolling through them, and eliminating distractions like eating or using a cell phone.
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