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Police urge extra caution by drivers as schools open this week

SIDNEY – State Police Troop C Major Donald Faughnan urges everyone to support the AAA’s annual “School’s Open—Drive Carefully” campaign to help preserve the safety of children traveling to and from school.  Major Faughnan also emphasized the need to show extra caution when driving as schools reopen, since it is then that vacation-minded children are apt to be less careful.  Motorists should be particularly alert for children darting out between parked cars on busy streets.
AAA’s yearly “School’s Open—Drive Carefully” campaign alerts motorists to the special risks to school-age children from motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of death for children from five to fourteen years old. The campaign begins September 2, 2014 and runs through October 15.
Motorists will receive an additional reminder each time they see one of the “School’s Open” bumper stickers on State Police vehicles, as well as other official vehicles, school buses and passenger cars.
“Our Troopers are out on New York roadways each day, doing their part to keep our roads safe and to protect motorists from those breaking our laws,” New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D'Amico said.  “Traffic safety is about making our streets safe for everyone who travels them, including our children. The New York State Police are once partnering with AAA Clubs of New York State to make sure our kids make it to and from school safely. All drivers, parents, friends and citizens should be working with AAA and law enforcement by paying attention to walking children, school bus traffic and school zones.”