Each year, around 25,000 children are injured when they are involved in accidents commuting to or from school. Unfortunately, things may be getting worse. A recent study has revealed that there are many motorists who drive distracted in school zone areas. A personal injury lawyer knows that distracted driving can significantly increase the risk of a collision, with texting alone making a motorist 23 times as likely to become involved in an accident.
San Antonio drivers need to be aware that schools are back in session and that laws related to school zone and school bus safety are in effect. Young lives could be saved if drivers paid attention around school buses and areas where children walk to school.
Distracted Driving Dangers in School Zones
An NBC News video dramatized the risk that distracted drivers present to school children by showing a semi-truck blowing past a stopped school bus. The truck drove on the side of the road and narrowly missed hitting a young girl who was waiting for the bus. The driver subsequently tuned himself into authorities and admitted he had been distracted at the time when the incident occurred.
Unfortunately, distracted driving has become much more common in school zones in recent years. Experts estimate that as many as two million more people illegally passed school buses with their stop arm extended as compared with in 2011. American Traffic Solutions largely attributes this problem to the fact that there are more drivers who are distracted on the roads.
Drivers are not only putting kids at risk when it comes to not stopping for buses, but are also very distracted as they drive through designated school zones as well. Safe Kids USA published a national report that looked at the number of motorists who were doing things other than driving at the time when they were in a school zone. The report reveals that:
- One driver out of every six who passes through a school zone is distracted at the time.
- Men and women are distracted in close to equal numbers. There were 154 distracted men for every 1,000 male drivers and 187 distracted women for every 1,000 female drivers.
- Out of every 1,000 drivers passing through school zones, 98 were distracted because they were on their cell phones or using other electronic devices.
- A total of 44 out of 1,000 drivers who were distracted in school zones were eating, drinking or smoking as they drove.
- There were 19 drivers out of every 1,000 driving through school zones who were distracted because they were reaching behind them or looking behind them.
- Nine out of every 1,000 distracted drivers passing through a school zone was engaged in personal grooming.
- Three out of 1,000 drivers who went through a school zone were reading at the time.
Drivers were more likely to be distracted during the afternoon school zone hours as compared with the morning hours. Zones that did not have flashing lights were also more likely to have distracted drivers, as were areas where 10,000 or more cars passed through daily. These are the areas where children are most at risk.
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