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School zones and crosswalks will soon be filled with extra traffic as kids head back to classes.
The AAA foundation for public safety found that a pedestrian struck by a vehicle at 30mph is two-thirds more likely to be killed than a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling 20mph, which is why it's essential to slow down in school zones.
"These children can be be very unexpectable. What we always say is expect the unexpected because kids can dart out. They aren't paying attention, so it's up to the drivers to really pay attention and watch out for these kids," said AAA Public Relations Manager Kimberly Schwind.
Schwind said that drivers also need to ditch distractions, stay alert and pay attention especially in the morning and evening. And parents should take this time to talk to their children.
"Making sure that you're stopping and crossing at the cross walks, looking both ways and listening and watching out for vehicles," said Schwind.
Schwind said in Zanesville Safety Patrolers will be out wearing their bright electric lime green sashes to help kids cross the roadways.