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Back-to-School Safety Tips for Drivers and Pedestrians

The back-to-school season can be hectic for many parents and students, especially getting to and from school.  Since so many parents and kids arrive at school simultaneously, school zones often present a serious safety hazard for children. 

With kids heading back to school during the next few weeks, here are some school-zone safety tips from the Automobile Club of Southern California to help reduce traffic hazards in and around school zones: 

  • Don’t text and use cell phones while driving or walking.
  • Use the existing school drop-off/pick-up system and discuss drop-off/pick up rules with your children.
  • Use a crosswalk when available. Don’t assume that because you can see the driver, the driver can see you.
  • Look all ways before crossing – and listen for cars, pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Follow instructions provided by school crossing guards.

Every year from August 1 to October 31, the Auto Club launches an educational campaign to help reduce the number of traffic crashes near schools. The "School’s Open—Drive Carefully" campaign raises awareness of pedestrian fatalities, with a focus on safety before and after school hours. With increased risks and dangers related to cell phone use while behind the wheel, this year’s campaign also provides tips on how to prevent texting and driving.

Shared from the City of Mission Viejo enewsletter.

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