CHICAGO (August 3, 2017) –Over the next several weeks, Chicago area students will be making their return to school! While the start of the school year signals a return to homework, organized sports and other classroom activities, it also means an increase in pedestrian and motor traffic around schools.
Even if you don’t have a child heading back to school this year, you will most likely be affected by the back-to-school transition over the next few weeks. Whether that is getting stuck behind a school bus, driving through a school zone, or passing children on their way to school, it is important to keep some safety tips in mind as students gear up for the new year.
While school bus-related child fatalities are extremely rare, there are an average of 134 school-transportation related deaths per year, according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Most of those fatalities involved a driver or passenger of a vehicle other than a school bus. However, the same report found about 12 children die per year after being struck by their school bus or waiting for their bus. It is important to follow the safety tips above to keep children safe during the 2017-2018 school year.
It takes several weeks for students and drivers to get accustomed to the new back-to-school routine. Drivers should allow for extra travel time in anticipation of increased traffic during the morning and afternoon commutes. Always be vigilant and drive defensively to decrease the risk of crash or injury.