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30 August 2017
State Police to participate in School’s Open—Drive Carefully campaign beginning August 30, 2017
 
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
George P. Beach II
Superintendent
 
Beau Duffy
Director of Public Information 
(518) 457-2180
  
PRESS RELEASE
 
The New York State Police announce they will once again participate in  AAA’s annual “School’s Open—Drive Carefully” campaign. Each year the campaign works to help preserve the safety of children traveling to and from school.
 
Superintendent George P. Beach II said, "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. 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.”

AAA’s yearly “School’s Open—Drive Carefully” campaign alerts motorists to the special risks to school-age children from motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of death for children from five to fourteen years old. The campaign begins August 30, 2017and runs through October 13.
 
Motorists will receive an additional reminder each time they see one of the “School’s Open” bumper stickers on State Police vehicles, as well as other official vehicles, school buses and passenger cars.

State Police want to remind drivers to show extra caution as schools reopen, since vacation-minded children are apt to be less careful.  Motorists should be particularly alert for children darting out between parked cars on busy streets.
 


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