Speed Zapper: Speeding Near An Elementary School

OMAHA The WOWT 6 News Speed Zapper crew is heading back-to-school.
Several schools have started back up, but already the Speed Zapper crew is seeing an uptick in speeding in school zones.

This week our cameras were rolling near Hitchcock Elementary School. On the second day of school our crew clocked drivers going as fast as 35 miles an hour -- 10 miles an hour above the speed limit.

According to a AAA Foundation for Traffic Study done in 2011, those types of speeds could easily kill someone. According to the study a pedestrian struck at 32 miles an hour has a 25-percent chance that they'll die. If that speed increases to 42 miles an hour the liklihood increases to 50-percent.

The WOWT 6 News Speed Zapper crew also watched as more than a dozen vehicles either ran or rolled through stop signs. A dangerous habit as car crashes rank among the leading causes of death in the United States.

After witnessing so many driving mistakes this week, WOWT 6 News has dug up some smart strategies from the National Safety Council that could help as we prepare to drive around children:

* Drivers should not block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn. Do not stop with a portion of your vehicle over the crosswalk. Blocking the crosswalk forces pedestrians to go around your vehicle and puts them in a dangerous situation.

* In a school zone when a warning flasher or flashers are blinking, you must stop to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk.

* Always stop when directed to do so by a school patrol sign, school patrol officer or designated crossing guard.

* Children are the least predictable pedestrians and the most difficult to see. Take extra care to look out for children not only in school zones, but also in residential areas, playgrounds and parks.

* Don't honk your horn, rev your engine or do anything to rush or scare a pedestrian in front of your car, even if you have the legal right-of-way.

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