School started back up this week, and the Austin Police Department and others are again stressing the importance of avoiding distracted driving in school zones. Last night, KXAN reporter Doug Shupe ran a great story on the problem. Sadly, the crossing guards he interviewed said that the worst problem was around Casis Elementary, my son’s school. From the story:
The potentially dangerous violations include drivers not stopping at crosswalks, talking and texting on cell phones, and even driving on the wrong side of the road.
During crossing guard training classes, Chris Moore, coordinator for the City of Austin’s Child Safety Program, hears the frustrations from those who try to keep kids safe on the way to and from school.
“We literally have to reach over and pull a child back or push them back out of the way because cars are coming through and the crossing guards are frightened,” said Moore.
Distracted driving is a problem that is becoming more and more common in my cases. Despite more and more publicity about the dangers of distracted driving, particularly texting while driving, people seem unwilling to keep their focus on the road. And far too often, that has serious consequences for others.
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You can watch the full KXAN story below.
Austin has highest school zone fines: kxan.com
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