Report highlights school zone dangers

Students are reflected in a mirror as they board school buses at Fisher Elementary following the first day of classes in San Antonio, Monday, Aug. 27, 2007. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

A frightening new report from the Public Transportation Services highlights school zone dangers.

The research finds 100 children are killed and another 25,000 are injured each year on their way to and from school. The study shows the majority of the accidents are caused by drivers speeding through school zones.

American Traffic Solutions, Inc. (ATS) has a new initiative to make the trip safer for kids. Charles Territo with ATS hopes to bring light and a solution to the problem, with CrossingGuard® School Bus Stop Arm Enforcement. “We have a very strong public awareness campaign to support it to let people know about the problem. I will tell you that one thing we found is that once the law is being enforced for school bus stop arm running in particular, 99% of the drivers who receive a violation don’t receive a second. Some of the school districts that we’ve worked with have seen as much as a 50% reduction in the number of school bus stop arm running violations that occur since they’ve began enforcing school bus stop arm violations more strictly and the same for school zone speed. The more that school zone speed enforcement that occurs, the safer those school zones get. We’ve had customers of ours see as much as an 80% reduction in the amount of speeding in their school zones. Each year we’re seeing more and more districts across the country turn to school zone speed cameras to help deal with the problem.”


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