English: School zone sign in Latham. Taken by me on 20th January 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
TRENTON – Now that summer vacation is ending, approximately 1.3 million students in New Jersey are expected to be walking, bicycling, driving or riding to school in the coming days. With that influx of young people on the roads and sidewalks, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety is reminding students, their parents and motorists how they can be safe on the road now that class is back in session.
“There is a lot going on in school zones between the buses, pedestrians and parents dropping off their children, so it is vital that families have a conversation about how to be safe on foot nearby school,” said Division of Highway Traffic Safety Acting Director Gary Poedubicky. “Students should adhere to the pedestrian rules at their school, like only crossing the street at a crosswalk and obeying crossing guard instructions”
Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death of children in the state. In a 10-year span from 2003-2012, 142 child and adolescent pedestrians under the age of 19 were killed in motor vehicles crashes. On average, one child pedestrian under the age of 15 is struck everyday by a motor vehicle in the Garden State.