AAA encourages Mississippi drivers to stay alert as students return to school
RIDGELAND, Mississippi (WJTV) – Many students return to class in August, and AAA Mississippi encourages drivers to slow down and stay alert in school zones, neighborhoods and around campuses.
“Drivers who interact with cell phones to send texts, emails, update social networks, search for music or program a GPS are two to eight times more likely to be involved in an accident,” AAA Mississippi spokesman Don Redman said. “When you drive distracted you are ‘jerked’ and can cause the same tragedies as an impaired driver. So all drivers should make a habit of keeping mobile devices out of sight and staying alert when on the road, especially in school zones and neighborhoods and near bus stops.
AAA Mississippi offers the following safety tips for drivers:
- Eliminate distractions and put the cell phone down
- To slow down
- Talk to your teenager. Car crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers in the United States, and more than a quarter of fatal crashes involving teenage drivers occur during the after-school hours.
- Make a complete stop
- Watch out for bicycles
- Watch out for school buses
Safety tips for pedestrians include:
- Wait until you to reach the destination before calling people, texting or playing
- Avoid using hands-free devices while walking
- Take off your headphones or turn it down volume of your music
- Continue to watch out for cars when crossing the street