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The Suburbanite
  • New school year offers new challenges for motorists

  • Little ones are rushing back to school with brand new bookbags, school supplies and school clothes. As a result, area drivers should take extra caution in neighborhoods and near schools.

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  • Little ones are rushing back to school with brand new bookbags, school supplies and school clothes. As a result, area drivers should take extra caution in neighborhoods and near schools.
    Children are often unpredictable and can’t judge the speed and distance of an on-coming car. Drivers should take extra caution during the new school year to protect the littlest pedestrians who may be prone to darting out into traffic.
    The AAA of East Central Ohio reminds drivers to mind the speed limits in school zones. It’s important – for students’ sake – to observe the posted speed during designated hours.
    “School zone speed limits are in place to save lives,” Lori Cook, AAA East Central safety advisor said in a release issued by the AAA. “Motorists need to be especially vigilant during the morning and afternoon hours when school children are walking to and from school.”
    In addition, school buses are back on the roads. By law, all vehicles must stop when approaching a bus that is allowing students on and off. Those vehicles may not proceed until the bus is motion again or the bus driver signals that it’s safe to proceed.
    During the school year, it’s key to remain alert while driving. Focusing on the roadway and keeping an eye out for potential hazards will help protect drivers and pedestrians of all ages.
    “Concentrating on the road and avoiding distractions is the most important advice I could offer drivers,” Cook said in the AAA release. “Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for two seconds doubles your chances of crashing. Putting down your phone makes you a safer driver and sets a good example for young passengers and pedestrians.”