Does Driving in a School Zone Scare You?

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I remember dropping my son off at school.  It was honestly one of the scariest parts of my day.  Not because I hated him leaving me to go out into the big bad world or what have you.  That was a learning experience.  The scary part was trying to drop him off in the school parking lot.  People drove like maniacs.  Add snow and ice to the equation and I’m amazed that we didn’t have any fatalities.

My best friend teaches elementary school elsewhere, and it seems that car loop duty is just as terrifying there.

It turns out that my thoughts that people drive like maniacs in a school zone isn’t just my imagination or my overprotective streak.  Insurance Hunter’s survey on driver safety in school zones found that 80% of respondents had witnessed traffic violations in school zones.  Another 21% said that they had to swerve or stop to avoid hitting a kid.  No wonder I was so stressed out at the car loop every day!

There are things that we can do as parents to help the school drop off point be a safer place.  As painful as it may be, put the cell phone down.  There really isn’t anything that’s so crucial, whether it’s buying auto insurance, reading email, or scheduling a visit with the Prime Minister, that it can’t wait a few minutes.  Not when it can make the difference in keeping our kids safe.  A lot of places have laws requiring the use of hands-free communications devices such as Bluetooth headsets.  Then, of course, there’s obeying your basic traffic laws like following the speed limit and actually coming to a complete stop, no matter how much of a hurry you’re in.  After all, does getting to the office on time really trump your child’s (or someone else’s child’s) safety?

Check out the Ontario School Zone Safety Survey.  Are any of the results surprising to you?  Have you had any scares at the school drop off point?

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About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

Comments

  1. I have to be honest, I do get nervous a bit now that I have a kid of my own. Before, I used to fly through the zone (sorry everyone). But now, I am more mature and more conscious of the dangers and whatnot so I am really extra careful because accidents can happen way too quickly!

  2. Oh my goodness, can I ever relate to this post! I have a daughter in middle school and one in Elementary school. Both schools are on the same dead in street! One way in, one way out, traffic at a stand still… it is nuts.
    Just yesterday morning, I thought that I was going to get a push from behind as I tried to turn on the school street and the lady behind me was trying to beat the light.
    Please leave early parents!

  3. I’m concerned about school zones and always take precautions when near schools or during the times the buses are out dropping off kids.

  4. I had a guy tailgating me one day in a school zone, there is a light that turned red and he flew around me to sit next to me at the light. He sat there yelling at me for the entire light. I had my little one in the car. When the light changed, he took of and the trooper in the median went right after him. The guy was so busy screaming at me he never saw the cop. What if he had missed seeing a child. I pulled over behind the trooper and he came up to my window. He said he saw the whole thing and asked if I wanted to press charges, of course I said yes.
    It infuriates me that people do not pay attention to school zones and yes I think the car pool lanes are crazy. Sorry for the long response.

    • Don’t be sorry! I don’t blame you one bit for it. Hopefully crazy guy learned that road rage serves no one. 🙁

  5. Worked at a busy high school with over 4,000 students at one point and traffic was always a nightmare. We had many injuries and one death as a result of inattentive driving. With high school you have the added factor of teens driving themselves to school. More thought and preparation needs to be put into the design of schools to avoid some of these issues but the bottom line it is the driver that causes the problem.

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