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School’s open, drive carefully


AAA East Tennessee urges drivers not to forget that kids are in danger near school bus stops, playgrounds, and on neighborhood streets as kids make their daily school trip.

"Children are especially at risk when school lets out for the day," says Don Lindsey, public affairs director at AAA East Tennessee. "They tend to focus on getting home to have fun, and traffic dangers are often the last thing on their minds."

To lessen traffic safety dangers to children, AAA’s School’s Open – Drive Carefully campaign urges drivers to:

• Learn where school bus stops and school zones are in their neighborhoods and when they are active. Change routes or departure times, if possible, to avoid both.

• In neighborhoods or other places where children might be, slow down and visually search farther ahead for children who might come into their vehicle’s path.

• Drive with headlights on at all times to be more visible to children.

• Make sure the windshield and all windows are cleared of frost, snow or other obstructions, and that the windshield wipers are working properly.

• Ignore the cell phone and limit all other distractions, especially in school parking lots and school-zoned streets.

 

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