14 September 2020
 Major James C. Michael
 Troop F Commander


The New York State Police urges everyone to support the AAA’s annual “School’s Open—Drive Carefully” campaign to help preserve the safety of children traveling to and from school. While this year’s school year may be different than in years past, the message of the campaign remains the same.

AAA’s annual “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 14 years old. 

Children tend to be at greater risk during the back-to-school period because they are thinking more about seeing old friends and new teachers, especially following quarantine, than watching for cars and trucks.  

More parents will be walking and driving their children to school, due to the uncertainty of school bus services and new COVID-19 protocol.   Motorists should continue to be extremely cautious of children darting out between parked cars.

State Police also emphasize the need to show extra caution when driving as schools reopen, particularly between typical arrival and dismissal times. 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.

Drivers should be especially cautious in school areas, keeping their speed at or below posted limits and being prepared to stop, on both sides of the street, for school buses with flashing red lights, as required by New York State law.

To help protect children, AAA offers these six pedestrian-safety tips to parents:

  • Look all ways before crossing the street.
  • Cross only at corners.
  • Obey police officers, school crossing guards, members of AAA School Safety Patrols, and traffic signals.
  • Watch for turning cars.
  • Be especially alert in bad weather.
  • Play away from traffic.

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