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Houston school alert: Distracted driving dangers on the rise

Summer is winding down and the new school year is descending upon Houston public school students and kids across the state whether they like it or not (let's hope they're looking forward to it). With millions of students restarting school, AAA Texas wants to remind everyone that distracted driving accidents are on the rise and causing injuries and deaths in far too many communities.

The organization hopes that drivers and parents understand that school zones can be dangerous places with lots of traffic and a mixture of young, energetic pedestrians and teen drivers. AAA Texas reminds drivers to drive slowly around schools, stay alert at all times and never send or read texts while you're behind the wheel.

The most vulnerable students are those who walk or bike to school. Afternoons around schools are especially dangerous for kids.

Consider this: during the past 10 years, nearly one-third of child pedestrian deaths happened between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Remember how full of energy and life you were when you were a kid; today's children as just as likely to dart unexpectedly into streets, so please keep a watchful eye out for them.

"Every distracted driving death and injury is preventable," said a AAA Texas spokesperson. "Drivers must exercise good judgment in and around school zones and be extra cautious as young children may cross roadways unexpectedly."

If a driver has glanced even briefly at their phone at that moment when a child enters a street, tragedy can occur. Research shows that looking away for even two seconds doubles the risk of a distracted driving crash.

If you or a family member has been hurt by a distracted driver, contact an attorney experienced in obtaining favorable results in personal injury litigation.

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