Kenneth Chrusz, Manager, AAA Safety Services (l) and Officer Joseph Zizwarek, Traffic Safety Officer, Montgomery Township Police Department (r) remind motorists that "School's Open Drive Carefully" as part of a mutual educational campaign in the greater Somerset County area.

School’s Open Drive Carefully

Posted on August 29, 2014

Photo: Kenneth Chrusz, Manager, AAA Safety Services (l) and Officer Joseph Zizwarek, Traffic Safety Officer, Montgomery Township Police Department (r) remind motorists that “School’s Open Drive Carefully” as part of a mutual educational campaign in the greater Somerset County area.

 

The Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety & Education in cooperation with the Montgomery Township Police Department is promoting AAA’s School’s Open Drive Carefully campaign in the greater Somerset County area.

Back to school marks a change in seasons and a change in traveling for everyone.  With school buses lining the streets and crossing guards posted at street corners it is important to be alert and aware on our highways.  This is why since 1946 AAA has conducted its annual Schools Open Drive Carefully campaign in an effort to educate the public on important traffic safety messages and ultimately reduce school related pedestrian injuries and deaths.  In addition, this campaign helps support he work of over 600,000 school safety patrollers across the nation.

Whether commuting to work, carpooling to school or heading out for daily activities plese take caution to ensure that everyone gets to where they are going and back safely.  Here are some helpful hints for everyone to keep in mind as we adjust to the increased traffic in our neighborhoods.

  • Take Your Time-Allow extra time for school zone traffic or adjust your route to avoid it.
  • Avoid Distractions-Keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.  Focus on where you are going, no matter how you are getting there.
  • Stop at Stop Signs-Treat a stop sign as you would a red light-come to a complete stop every time.
  • Brake for Buses-Passing a stopped school bus is dangerous and against the law.
  • Slow Down-Speed Limits in school zones tend to be 5 to 10 miles an hour below the posted speed limit.
  • Watch for school children, pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Cross at the Crosswalk-Keep where you can be seen by pedestrians.
  • Obey School Crossing Guards-The crossing guard needs your protection.

Source:  Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety & Education and Montgomery Twp. Police Dept.

Date: 8/29/14