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9/14/2011 - Back-to-school driving safety

Officials urge drivers to be careful with students on the roads.

With school back in session across much of the country, the National Coalition for Safer Roads is urging parents to teach their kids about what constitutes safe travel to and from their classes.

"As many parents focus on back to school supplies, it is essential that they take the time to talk with their children who are either heading to school for the first time, or back to school, about traffic and road safety precautions to ensure a safe commute," said David Kelly, president and executive director of NCSR. "The greatest risk for children is when they are walking to school or waiting for the bus, when they are at-risk for falling victim to careless red-light runners."

In addition to making kids and parents more aware of traffic safety, the NCSR hopes to make motorists more aware of the rules of the road. For instance, whether it's a red light or a stop sign, drivers should come to a complete stop - not roll through them. This same rule applies when bus drivers flash their stop signs when opening the door for students.

You can also find more back-to-school safety tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Department of Transportation by clicking here.

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