AAA officials are launching their annual Safe Driving Initiative ahead of the new school year.

The program is called School is open — drive safely and it encourages parents to talk about the importance of safety in school zones with their child and teen drivers.

The AAA also reminds all drivers to be extra careful when driving in school zones and that fines can be significant if they are caught driving in these zones.

Butler County school districts begin their year later this week.

AAA East Central also offers the following tips for motorists to keep children safe while navigating school zones:

  • Plan ahead. Leave early for your destination and allow extra time for traffic jams. This will reduce the stress caused by the delay.
  • Give up distractions. Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your risk of an accident.
  • Stay alert. Don’t rush in and out of the aisles. Expect pedestrians on the sidewalk, especially around schools and in neighborhoods.
  • Brake for bus. It may be tempting to bypass a stopped school bus; not only is it dangerous – it is against the law.
  • Watch the bikes. Children on bicycles are often unpredictable, so expect the unexpected. Slow down and allow at least four feet of passing distance between your vehicle and cyclists.
  • Look for AAA School Safety Patrollers. With over 600,000 AAA School Safety Patrollers in 31,000 schools across the country, they are a sure sign that you are approaching a school zone.



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