School’s Open-Drive Carefully!

guard-clipart-crossing_guardBY: PAMELA STERN

Now that summer is over and school is back in session it’s time to drive more cautiously. New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio has joined with AAA Northeast for AAA’s 70th Annual “School’s OpenDrive Carefully” campaign to help young children be safe as they return to school.

Motorists need to be more conscientious now that it is the beginning of the school year. “I am pleased to join AAA Northeast in announcing the launch of the annual “School’s Open-Drive Carefully” campaign. My administration takes traffic safety very seriously, and we are happy to have AAA’s partnership in working for safer streets. On behalf of New York, I extend my best wishes for a successful campaign and a safe and terrific school year,” the Mayor said.

Here are some rules for Safeguarding Your Child according to AAA:

1-Walk on Sidewalks

2-Walk On the Left Facing Traffic If There Are No Sidewalks

3-Cross Only At Corners

4-Stop And Look All Ways Before Crossing

5-Watch For Turning Cars

6-Continue to Look Left, Right and Left Again As You Cross

7-Avoid Crossing Between Parked Cars

8-Play Away From Traffic

9-Be Especially Alert In Bad Weather

10-Obey Police Officers, Adult Crossing Guards, AAA Safety Patrol Members, and Traffic Signals.

Spring Creek Towers’ Department of Public Safety reminds residents that just as motorists must not text or use their cell phones while driving, that parents, grandparents, and guardians should also remind their children that there should be No Texting and No Cell Phone use while crossing the streets.

“We are proud that our community includes many children ages four through fourteen; and many of them attend the schools, pre-schools and after school programs that are held within the Spring Creek Towers Community. With school start and dismissal times varying throughout the day (depending upon the school and after school programs), when we drive in, through and around the Spring Creek Towers community, we should always be extra careful, assume and expect to see school age children crossing our streets at ANY hour of the day, seven days a week,” said Vincent DeMarino, CoDirector of Department of Public Safety.