January 7, 2019 - With school resuming after winter break, AAA Oklahoma warns drivers to be especially vigilant for pedestrians before and after school hours. Between 2000 and 2010 in the U.S., nearly one-third of the child pedestrian fatalities – a total of 1,200 – occurred between 3 and 7 p.m. Some 13 percent of school children walk or bike to school.
“It’s up to adult drivers to watch out for children walking and biking to and from school,” said Leslie Gamble, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “That includes those getting out of cars in school parking lots which can be particularly dangerous when many are entering and leaving.”
With shorter winter days, students are more likely to be walking before or after daylight hours. “It’s so important to consciously think about the chance that a person may be walking on the road you are driving,” Gamble said. “Be sure your windshield is totally cleared of ice or moisture. Then, watch for movement as you drive because often clothing is dark and it’s difficult to distinguish pedestrians from the darkness.”
AAA offers six steps to keep students safe as they return to school from the holiday break:
AAA’s School’s Open – Drive Carefully awareness campaign was launched in 1946 in an effort to prevent school-related child pedestrian traffic crashes—helping kids to live fulfilling, injury-free lives.
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