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Be cautious around school zones as students head back to school from spring break

Kids walking to school by Elizabeth Edwards
Photo copyright Elizabeth Edwards

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., (April 12, 2015) – For many students, spring break is over and they are heading back to school. Among the normal traffic and congestion there will be more school buses and walkers heading for their educational destination. AAA Tidewater cautions motorists to be aware of the change in traffic and watch out for children.

AAA offers the following advice for motorists:

  1. Slow down.  A pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling at 25 mph is nearly two-thirds less likely to be killed compared to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling just 10 mph faster.
  2. Eliminate distractions. Children often cross the road unexpectedly and may emerge suddenly between two parked cars.
  3. Reverse responsibly. Check for children on the sidewalk, driveway and around your vehicle before slowly backing up.
  4. Talk to your teen. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, and more than one in four fatal crashes involving teen drivers occur during the after-school hours of 3pm to 7 pm. Get evidence-based guidance and tips at
  5. Come to a complete stop. Always come to a complete stop, checking carefully for children on sidewalks and in crosswalks before proceeding.
  6. Watch for bicycles. Children on bikes are often inexperienced, unsteady and unpredictable. If your child rides a bicycle to school, require that they wear a properly-fitted bicycle helmet on every ride. Find videos, expert advice and safety tips at

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AAA Tidewater Virginia is a member club affiliated with the American Automobile Association (AAA) national federation and serves members in the Tidewater Virginia region (All Hampton Roads cities, including Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg; Virginia's Eastern Shore; as well as the following counties: Greensville, Surry, Brunswick, Isle of Wight, Gloucester, Lancaster, Middlesex, Richmond County, Southampton, Sussex, Mecklenburg, James City County, York, Lunenburg, Essex, King & Queen, Mathews, Northumberland, and Westmoreland).