How Parents are Converting School Carpool Zones into Deathzones

By Joel Arellano | April 25, 2012
Everyone knows to slow down at a school crossing zone. Apparently, though, common sense seems to go by the wayside when parents are dropping off their kids at school. That's the personal observation by Kristin Varela in her blog post on Allstate.com. She notes how parents allow their children to stand through the vehicle's sunroof to wave down nearby friends; unbuckle their safety seats and leap onto the sidewalks; or even "drive" the family car sitting on their parents lap. She opines that parents consider school car zones to be some sort of inviolate "safe haven" from cars, like most folks consider crosswalks. Sadly this is not the case. According to a study by Safe Kids USA, one in six drivers are distracted in car school zones, with women 21-percent more likely to be distracted than their XY counterparts. Electronics use, such as chatting on one's smartphone, again leads as the number one cause in distracted driving while in a car school zone. Automotive.com's take: Common sense, folks. Drive into that car school zone like any "normal" well-trafficked area, i.e., with kids strapped in, eyes wide open, and any calls going to voicemail. Unload the kids safely, then carefully depart. It's driving 101. Source: Allstate
 

Everyone knows to slow down at a school crossing zone. Apparently, though, common sense seems to go by the wayside when parents are dropping off their kids at school.

That's the personal observation by Kristin Varela in her blog post on Allstate.com. She notes how parents allow their children to stand through the vehicle's sunroof to wave down nearby friends; unbuckle their safety seats and leap onto the side walks; or even "drive" the family car sitting on their parents lap. She opines that parents some sort of inviolate "safe haven" from cars like most folks consider crosswalks. Sadly this is not the case. According to a study by Safe Kids USA, one in six drivers are distracted in car school zones, with women 21-percent more likely to be distracted than their XY counterparts. Electronics use, such as chatting on one's smartphone, again leads as the number one cause in distracted driving while in a car school zone.

Automotive.com's take: Common sense, folks. Drive into that car school zone like any "normal" well-trafficked area, i.e., with kids strapped in, eyes wide open, and any calls going to voicemail. Unload the kids safely, then pull out safely and slowly. Do you want to be responsible in hitting a child?

 

Source: Allstate

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