Grading School Zones on Safety

With the school year in full swing, it’s the perfect time to remind motorists of the importance of staying alert in school zones. A recent study conducted by Zendrive analyzed school zones across the country and gave them a grade based on the level of danger on the roads near school zones.


Zendrive studied 75,000 schools nationwide and analyzed over 3.4 billion miles driven within them. With those parameters the study took into account phone use while driving, hard braking and fast acceleration. From there, it graded the schools A+ through F.


North Carolina ranked 10th out of 50 states and Washington D.C. with an overall score of an A-. Within North Carolina, 81 counties of the 100 were measured. The study revealed that rural counties scored higher than urban counties. Mecklenburg County scored a D while Wake County scored a D-.


South Carolina ranked 15th nationwide with an overall score of a B+. Within the state, 36 counties of the 46 total were measured. Of its most populous counties, Greenville County scored a C- while Richland County scored a C+.


The statistics gathered by Zendrive are significant as one in eleven public schools is within 500 feet of heavily trafficked roads – which have six times more pedestrian collisions.


AAA Carolinas is aiming to move North and South Carolina higher on the safe school zone list. In order to ensure safer school zones, AAA encourages that motorists:


  • Slow Down: Adhere to the speed limits of school zones. A pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling at 25 mph is nearly two-thirds less likely to be killed than a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling 10 mph faster.
  • Eliminate All Distractions: Taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your risk of crashing. Refrain from using your phone, eating, talking to passengers, applying make-up, etc.
  • Come to a Complete Stop: One-third of drivers roll through stop signs and crossing lanes in school zones. Be sure to fully stop and check carefully for children on both sides.
  • Educate Your Teen Drivers: It is important that teens understand the dangers of driving recklessly in school-zones and the implications that they carry.
  • Spread the Word: If your kid's school zone area is unsafe, let other parents and the school board know. 


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