LIVINGSTON COUNTY – New York State Police remind drivers that back to school means changing traffic patterns and extra need for caution.
According to a press release from State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II, the AAA ‘School’s Open—Drive Carefully’ campaign is an attempt to instill and maintain public awareness of the special risks motorists pose to school-age kids.
“With traffic safety a top priority for our agency, we will once again ramp up enforcement and raise driver awareness as school buses return to our roads and our children walk our sidewalks,” said Beach. “We ask that parents, friends and neighbors spread the word and work with law enforcement year-round. Please pay attention behind the wheel to make sure our kids stay safe.”
The campaign runs from Aug. 30 to Oct. 13. It includes public education like Wednesday’s press release and ‘School’s Open’ bumper stickers for State Police vehicles, school buses and passenger cars.
Specifically, State Police remind drivers ‘to exercise extra caution as schools reopen, since vacation-minded children are apt to be less careful’ and ‘motorists should be particularly alert for children darting out between parked cars on busy streets.’
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