The new school year has started.  If you drive your children to school or pass children while commuting, we'd like to remind you to think about safety first.  Most children who are walking to school or waiting for the bus aren't thinking about their own safety.  As a driver, it is your responsibility to watch for child pedestrians and prevent Atlanta pedestrian accidents.
 
Don't speed. Did you know that driving even as much as 15 or 20 miles per hour over the speed limit will only save you 30 to 40 seconds if you are driving just a few miles.  Speeding won't keep your child from missing the tardy bell, but it may cause an accident.   Is saving 30 seconds worth risking a child's life?
 
Avoid distractions.  It only takes a second for a child to dart into the road.  If you are on the phone or texting, you could hit a child before you see them.  Remember that the kids inside your car can also be a distraction. If you can't tune the kids out, pull over until they are ready to behave.
 
Never pass a stopped school bus. Not only does this endanger children getting on and off the bus, but it is against the law
 
The Atlanta auto accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Shane Smith wish a safe school year.  For more back-to-school safety tips, read our article, "Back to school in Atlanta - time to review school bus safety with your child."

 

 

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia
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