School Zone Safety a Critical Issue for Colorado Parents

Young Boy with a bike trying to cross the street | school zone safetyAccording to statistics, 100 children walking or biking to and from school are killed every year in accidents that occur in school zones. An additional 25,000 children are injured in school zone accidents as well each year. While school zone accidents have decreased for children under the age of 12, fatalities for children between the ages of 12 and 18 have increased. This is in large part due to children who may be on electronic devices while walking to school, coupled with distracted drivers.

Teenagers who are on electronic devices may not look at the road before they enter a crossing. In fact, a recent study found that 1 in 4 high school teens and 1 in 6 middle school kids engaged in distracted walking in school zones. In addition, 1 in 3 parents engaged in risky and unsafe driving behavior while dropping off or picking up their kids. This included texting while driving and parking in unsafe non drop-off designated locations.

Parents and Drivers Can Help Keep School Zones Safe

So, how can drivers do their part to help make school zones safer for children?

  • Use designated drop-off spots – school zones often have a designated drop-off or pick-up location that is safe for children. Use these locations rather than your own. Parents that park across from drop-off areas often force their children to navigate dangerous traffic.
  • Slow down – give yourself extra time to react to unexpected situations by reducing your speed and staying under the speed limit
  • Avoid distracted driving – pay close attention to the road, and avoid distractions like GPS, adjusting the radio, eating or drinking, or being distracted by passengers
  • Put the phone away – glancing at a cell phone, even for a moment, can have devastating consequences when driving. Put your phone out of sight, and out of reach, to avoid temptation
  • Expect the unexpected – children can be unpredictable, and can dart suddenly into traffic. Be mindful of kids playing or walking close to roadways
  • Give school buses their space – stop your vehicle well behind a stopped school bus, and watch for kids crossing the road at bus stops. Always respect the flashing lights and stop signs on school buses
  • Use extra caution at school crossings – signs, sometimes with flashing lights, will mark school crosswalks. Follow the direction of crossing guards, and ensure the way is clear of pedestrians before proceeding

Contact Our Fort Collins Car Accident Lawyers

Fowler Law Firm attorney Timms FowlerKeeping children safe on their way to and from school is every driver’s responsibility. If your child is injured in an accident, we can help. Our Fort Collins car accident lawyers have been helping injured accident victims and families in the Fort Collins region for years. Call the Fowler Law Firm today at (970) 232-3322 to find out how we can use our legal experience to help you recover maximum compensation.

 

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Timms Fowler
Tel: 970.232.3322
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