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State police: ‘School is open, drive carefully’

September 3, 2015
Editorial , Lake Placid News

We would like to echo this week's New York State Police message supporting AAA's annual "School's Open-Drive Carefully" campaign.

In Ray Brook, Troop B Commander Major Charles E. Guess urged everyone to support the campaign to help preserve the safety of children traveling to and from school.

"For many children this will be their first time in and around a school bus, so their actions will be unpredictable," Major Guess said. "Drivers need to be prepared for any type of action from the children."

In Lake Placid and AuSable Valley, the public schools started on Thursday, Sept. 3, and the Keene Central School will begin classes on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

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 5 to 14 years old. The campaign began Sept. 2 and runs through Oct. 14.

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.

State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D'Amico said, "As the summer season comes to an end, thousands of children will be boarding buses and walking to and from school. The New York State Police remind motorists to drive carefully and be especially aware of school speed zones, school bus traffic, and children walking."

Major Guess 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.



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