Charlotte Region Schools Back In Session Soon: School Zone Safety Tips

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School Zone Safety 

 

In the Charlotte region, schools open for the 2019/2020 school year each of the next two Mondays. Many more cars will be on our local roads and pedestrian foot traffic will also increase around schools during the morning and afteroon hours. 

 

It's time to become aware again of how to keep kids safe in school zones to avoid accidents. When you're driving through schools zones it's important to focus on the road ahead, as well as on the surrounding streets because kids can be unpretictable, often darting across streets or jumping in and out of cars and school buses. And these days, many children are even more distracted using their cell phones while walking,  adding a further layer of danger.

 

School Zone Injury & Accident Statistics

 

 AtlTrialLaw.com provides the following school zone injury statistics on their Blog:

 

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are 5 teen pedestrian deaths in the US each week; in addition, there has been a 13%  increase in the pedestrian death rate for 12-19 year olds since 2013.

  • In 2015, while 15-19 year old teens made up 26% of all children under the age of 19, they constituted nearly 50% of pedestrian fatalities that year.

  • The NHTSA observed approximately 39,000 students in school zones in 2016 and found that:
    • Nearly 1 in 4 high school students and 1 in 6 middle school students were observed to be distracted walkers.
      • 44% were wearing headphones; 31% were texting; 18% were talking on the phone, and 7% were performing a combination of the three.
    • Unsafe street crossing (crossing at a point other than a designated crosswalk, not observing oncoming traffic, etc.) was observed in nearly 80% of students.
  • Only about 4 out of 10 school zones had speed limits of 20 miles per hours posted.

  • Marked crosswalks are missing in approximately 3 out of 10 school zones.

  • For drivers, distracted driving (or otherwise unsafe driving practices) were observed in approximately 1 in 3 drivers.
    • This includes texting while driving, double parking, or stopping in the middle of a crosswalk while dropping off/picking up students.
  • After-school hours tend to yield more injuries and fatalities in school zones, with nearly 1 in 4 child pedestrian fatalities occurring between 3 PM and 7 PM.

 

If these statistics don't point out the need to be extra vigilant and aware of school zone safety tips, it's hard to say what would.

 

 

School Zone Safety Tips

 

The infographic below from AAA provides some great tips to keep your local school zones as safe as possible. Here are a few more tips:

 

  1. Do not pass buses from behind. Come to a complete stop when a bus signals that children are boarding or leaving a bus. The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children. Do not pass any vehicle, for that matter, which has stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross a street.

  2. Do not ingnore stop signs, yield signs, flashing lights. They are not "suggestions."

  3. Do not change lanes while driving through a school zone or make a U-turn.

  4. Do not block crosswalks and pay attention to a crossing guard's instructions.

  5. Do not double-park in a school zone.

  6. Do not disembark/pick up your children across the street from their school.

  7. Do not text or email. Avoid cell phone usage unless hands-free and even then it's a good idea to stay off the phone until you are out of the school zone.

  8. Check your side mirrors before opening your car doors.

 

 

School Zone Safety

 

This Back-To-School/School Zone Safety Tips for the Charlotte Region are provided by Nina Hollander and Carolinas Realty Partners, Coldwell Banker, your Charlotte metro area residential real estate experts. We've been opening doors for Charlotte regionhome buyers and sellers for 20+ years.

 

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Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
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This is timely information to share with area residents.

All of us need to take extra care when driving.

Aug 15, 2019 07:50 AM #9
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Nina, excellent tips as our kiddos' safety is first and foremost!   All our schools are back in session now.

Aug 15, 2019 07:56 AM #10
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Nina,

These are wonderful safety tips for all of us to be aware of and follow.  Happy Thursday.  A

Aug 15, 2019 08:15 AM #11
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Nina Hollander
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Roy Kelley hi Roy... I know I'm sorry to see the end of school vacations... I follow the speeding laws in my neighborhood, but schools being back in session will certainly increase the level of traffic considerably.

Aug 15, 2019 08:21 AM #12
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Nina Hollander
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Joan Cox thanks, Joan. SC schools will open this coming Monday. NC schools will open the following Monday.

Aug 15, 2019 08:21 AM #13
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel hi Alexandra... of course, the purporse of the post was to cover the tips for safe driving in schools zones, but I was absolutely gob-smacked by the accident statistics. Some years back we had a high school student in south Charlotte killed by a car doing 55 in a 45 mile an hour zone while running with the school's running club. That road is now a 35 mile an hour zone, but people drive through it at 45-50 all the time.

Aug 15, 2019 08:23 AM #14
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Nina Hollander

We have 25mph zones for our schools which begin classes next week.  Our police force is very diligent in enforcing the laws relating to schools..  A

Aug 15, 2019 08:33 AM #15
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel same here, Alexandra. And our police are very vigilant as well... the points on your license for getting caught speeding are not worth the two seconds you might get somewhere more quickly.

Aug 15, 2019 08:36 AM #16
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Good afternoon Nina Hollander - traffic patterns need to change as well.  I know up here the day after Labor Day traffic is a nightmare.

Aug 15, 2019 09:30 AM #17
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Nina our local schools start back up at the last or first week of the month.  So it will not be long before school buses are back on the road again, and kids waiting at bus stops.  Diver's need to pay attention!!!

Aug 15, 2019 10:51 AM #18
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Grant Schneider hi Grant... unfortunately, schools here don't wait until after Labor Day!

Aug 15, 2019 10:54 AM #19
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George Souto hi George... next week we'll be seeing buses doing their "test" drives for the new school year which begins on the 26th.

Aug 15, 2019 10:55 AM #20
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Good reminder and tips Nina for School Safety Zones. Most important...Drive Slowly!

Aug 15, 2019 11:25 AM #21
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 hi Sheila and Larry... it often amazes me how I see people driving through a school zone in the mornings. Makes you wonder what those people are thinking.

Aug 15, 2019 11:47 AM #22
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Hi Nina:

This is terrific, and important, information to be aware of. Our schools start the 28th but other towns start at different times. School busses are actually pretty rare here and so there are lots of kids walking, with and without paarents, and numerous cars dropping kis off and picking up. It gets really congested near the schools and some people just don't pay attention, including some who are dropping off their kids!

Jeff

Aug 15, 2019 12:24 PM #23
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Nina Hollander
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Jeff Dowler, CRS hi Jeff... we have tons of school buses driving through our subdivisions picking up and dropping off kids. But we also have many parents who drive their kids, teens who drive themselves, and many kids who walk to school. When driving, we have to keep our eyes open for all of these! And it's easy to get out of the habit during the long school break.

Aug 15, 2019 12:33 PM #24
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This is such a great public service announcement told from such a personal view to make sure you touch on everything. Very nice job Nina Hollander!

Aug 15, 2019 07:44 PM #25
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Nina Hollander
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE® thanks, Sheri. I live within less than a mile of three very large schools so very aware of school hour traffic. I came across the accident statistics accidentally and was gob-smacked. That's what gave me the idea to write a post on safety.

Aug 16, 2019 04:06 AM #26
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Morning Nina.

All of ours started Wednesday.  Traffic is soooo slow.  However, beter slow than having anyone hurt.

Aug 16, 2019 04:36 AM #27
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James Dray good morning, James... I'll be hit with the slow traffic a week from Monday... one nice thing about working from home is I can plan my day to avoid the school traffic patterns.

Aug 16, 2019 04:39 AM #28
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