AAA, Law Enforcement Host “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” Press Briefing

AAA, Law Enforcement Host “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” Press Briefing

Return to School After a Virtual Year Makes Traffic Safety a Top Priority
Elizabeth Carey
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AAA Western and Central New York, along with law enforcement and state leaders, kicks off the annual “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign as back-to-school season gets underway amid the ongoing pandemic. This year, drivers must use extra caution as most schools return to in person instruction after a year of various virtual models. With school buses back in action, commuters should give themselves extra time and be prepared for bus traffic. Motorists should also use caution amidst student drivers returning to high school and college. 

AAA’s School’s Open – Drive Carefully campaign was launched nationally in 1946 to help reduce the number of school-related pedestrian injuries and fatalities; 75 years later, AAA clubs across the country continue to promote the campaign each fall to remind motorists to watch out for children as they travel to and from school. We are pleased to hold a virtual press conference with our community partners to focus on this important matter that has taken on increased importance this year. 

Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2021 
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: AAA Western and Central New York Facebook Live
Participants:
  • AAA Western and Central New York’s Traffic Safety and Travel Experts
  • N.Y. Senator Timothy Kennedy, Chair of the New York Committee on Transportation
  • New York State Police 

AAA’s “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign aims to help reduce the number of school-related pedestrian injuries and fatalities. 

AAA’s top tips to help ensure student’s safety:
•    Always stop for a school bus when the lights are flashing
•    Slow down
•    Remove all distractions from the driver – put cell phones down
•    Do not pass other vehicles
•    Obey crossing guards at all times
•    Expect the unexpected
•    Check you mirrors before moving
•    Teach your children the rules of traffic safety

We're committed to helping everyone stay safe on the road and off. Learn more AAA safety tips, programs, and resources:

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