Study: Distracted Driving Getting Worse In School Zones

By: NBC News
By: NBC News

School, traffic and police officers across the country say there is reason for concern now that children are back in school.

According to a new report, distracted driving appears to be getting worse in school zones.

Video cameras have caught several "near miss" accidents on highways. In some cases, cars and trucks have driven through school bus' lowered stop-arm and flashing lights.

"he came here and wouldn't stop so I just backed up a little," said Alexis Schwartz, a 7th grade student who was almost hit himself.

School transportation experts say distracted driving has led to a sudden surge in dangerous driving.

"In 2013, two million more drivers passed school bus stop arms than they did in 2011," said Charles Territo, a member of American Traffic Solutions. "There is no question that distracted driving plays a huge role."

Territo's work involves setting up cameras on buses and in school zones to catch violators. According to him, that's helping curb the issue in some neighborhoods, however, the numbers are still staggering.

According to traffic safety numbers collected by American Traffic Solutions, more than a hundred children are killed and more than 25,000 children are injured every year as a result of accidents that occur during the process of getting to or from school.

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