AAA kicks off school safety campaign
Posted at: 08/29/2013 4:50 PM | Updated at: 08/29/2013 6:00 PM
School's open, drive carefully. That's the message AAA is sending out.
Thursday marked the kick off of the agency's annual back to school safety campaign. The goal is to help kids get to and from school safely and prevent pedestrian accidents near schools.
Officials from the New York State Police, Rochester Police Department and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office were all on hand for Thursday's kick off ceremony.
The sheriff says there are two major concerns that they want drivers to keep in mind.
Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn, Monroe County, said, "Certainly young students and drivers need to be aware of their surroundings and remember when the red flashing lights are activated on a school bus, it means you must stop. Passing a stopped school bus is not only very very dangerous, but it's illegal. With all the conveniences of cell phones and what they bring we really need to make sure that people aren't distracted while they're driving and when they're behind the wheel."
Officials say it's also important to remember that areas near schools have reduced speed limits and remember to watch out for more bicycles on the road once school starts.