As children head back to school, AAA is encouraging motorists to pay extra attention behind the wheel. Back-to-school time means more pedestrians and bicyclists around schools, and that traffic can lead to tragedy. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 20 percent of all 2016 traffic fatalities in the 0-14 age group were pedestrians. Older kids are at even more risk: While making up only about a quarter of all kids age 0-19, they accounted for more than half of all child pedestrian fatalities.1
With that in mind, AAA urges motorists and pedestrians to follow simple steps to help make back-to-school season safer for everyone.