Child pedestrian fatalities peak during after-school hours

Students across Georgia are headed back to school. Meaning, more students will be walking. AAA is urging drivers to slow down and stay alert, especially during before and after school times.

Reports show nearly one third of child pedestrian fatalities occur during after school hours between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Georgia Field Vice President of AAA Sasha Marcinczyk said, "If Georgia motorists slow down and stay alert, they can save lives.”

AAA developed ways to keep kids in mind while driving.

  • Slow down - Follow speed limits near schools. They tend to be slower during the morning and afternoon hours.
  • Eliminate distractions - Put the phone down because children are prone to jet our into the street from between cars without warning. 
  • Reverse responsibly - Check around your vehicle before backing up and make sure you reverse slowly. 
  • Talk to your teen - AAA reports "Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, and more than one-quarter of fatal crashes involving teen drivers occur during the after-school hours of 3 to 7 p.m. Get evidence-based guidance and tips at TeenDriving.AAA.com
  • Come to a complete stop - Don't just roll through stop signs at school crosswalks. 
  • Watch for bicycles - Children on bikes are unpredictable, be mindful on them if they're riding near you.

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