AAA, Law Enforcement: “School’s Open – Drive Carefully”

AAA, Law Enforcement: “School’s Open – Drive Carefully”

Virtual, Hybrid, Traditional School Models Make Traffic Safety a Top Priority
Central New York
Western New York
Elizabeth Carey

Spokespeople available to talk about safe Labor Day travel too!

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 pandemic. This year, drivers must use extra caution as each school takes a different approach to learning – gone are the days of students in school all day – motorists need to be alert at all hours as children studying virtually are apt to be outside at any time of day. With staggered bus schedules, commuters should give themselves extra time and be prepared for bus traffic at any time. With more teens driving to school to limit bus capacity, motorists should use caution amidst student drivers. 

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; 74 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 press conference with our community partners to focus on this important matter that has taken on new importance this year. 

Date: Thursday, September 3, 2020 
Time:            10:00 a.m.
Zoom – link to be shared later this week

AAA Western and Central New York

N.Y. Senator Timothy Kennedy – Chair of the New York Committee on Transportation

New York State Police – PIO from Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse

Visuals: Zoom press conference on Thursday, b-roll available later this week 


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

  • 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

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