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Back to school means you should allow extra time in your commute

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Back to school means you should allow extra time in your commute

POSTED ON: 08/04/2022

With many schools in the area starting up a new year, bus routes may return to your area soon. It's important to drive safely to protect everyone. Sober driving is a great start but make sure you also avoid distracted driving.

School Traffic Data

There were 264 school-age children killed in school transportation related accidents from 2008-2017. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the greatest risk to a child isn’t riding a bus, but approaching or leaving one.

Drunk drivers aren't the only dangers on the roads

Distracted drivers and people in a rush, among other groups, can also make the roads very dangerous. Make sure you allow extra time in your commute. When buses stop to pick up students, you and other drivers need to stop too. 

Tips to help drivers keep the roads safe during school commutes

The NHTSA offers these reminders to drivers:

  • Yellow flashing lights mean slow down — don’t speed up — because the bus is preparing to stop. There are likely students waiting to get on the bus or parents waiting nearby to pick up children. 

  • Red flashing lights mean stop — and wait at least 20 feet behind the bus — because children are getting on or off the school bus. Stay stopped until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop-arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving.

  • Even when lights aren’t flashing, watch for children, particularly in the morning or mid-afternoon, around school arrival and dismissal times. Be alert as you back out of a driveway or drive through a neighborhood, school zone, or bus stop.

Be a sober, safe, patient driver to help protect everyone on the road

We work hard each day to help keep the roads safe by separating drinking and driving. Do your part to keep our roads safe! If you struggle monitoring your alcohol consumption and worry about how that can affect your driving, please contact us at Smart Start of Alabama to see how our ignition interlock device products can help.

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Need interlock services?

Are you looking for a specific interlock device installation location? Smart Start of Alabama has locations in cities such as:

Interlock in Andalusia | Interlock in Birmingham | Interlock in Boaz | Interlock in Decatur | Interlock in Foley | Interlock in Mobile | Interlock in Montgomery | Interlock in Opelika | Interlock in Sheffield | Interlock in Tuscaloosa

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