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Each fall, more than 55 million children in the US begin their school year. Thirteen percent of children walk or bike to class on a regular basis, so AAA warns drivers to especially watch out for pedestrians during school hours. Always adhere to speed limits in school zones – a pedestrian struck at 25 mph is two thirds less likely to be fatally injured than at 35 mph. Other measures to reduce risk in school zones and during school hours include stopping completely at stop signs, maintaining focus on the road, backing up carefully, and watching for bicycles. Be sure to discuss these tips with your teen driver, as teens are the most frequent drivers in school zones. For more information, read Edmunds’ piece on School Zone Safety.