AAA encourages Mississippi drivers to remain alert as students return to school

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RIDGELAND, Miss. (WJTV) – Many students are returning to class in August, and AAA Mississippi is encouraging drivers to slow down and stay alert in school zones, neighborhoods and around campuses.

“Drivers interacting with cell phones to text, email, update social media, find music or program GPS are two to eight times more likely to be involved in a crash,” said AAA Mississippi spokesman Don Redman. “When you drive distracted you are “intexticated” and could cause the same tragedies as an impaired driver. So, all drivers should make it a habit to put mobile devices out of sight and stay alert when on the road, especially in school zones and in neighborhoods and near bus stops.”

AAA Mississippi offers the following safety tips for drivers:

  • Eliminate distractions and put down the cell phone
  • Slow down
  • Talk to your teen. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, and more than one-quarter of fatal crashes involving teen drivers occur during the after-school hours.
  • Come to a complete stop
  • Watch for bicycles
  • Watch for school buses

Pedestrian safety tips include:

  • Wait until you get to your destination before calling people, texting or gaming
  • Avoid using hands-free devices while walking
  • Remove your headphones or turn down the volume of your music
  • Keep watching out for cars while crossing the street

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