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Back-to-school tips for drivers and pedestrians

With the school year just around the corner, more kids will be walking in the neighborhood. In addition to more pedestrians, the school year also means that more vehicles will be driving in the community for school-related activities and events.

Motorists in Massachusetts need to be aware of the safety issues they may face behind the wheel, especially once the school year starts. Drivers should be cautious when driving near schools and through neighborhoods as more children and teenagers will be present.

Car accidents are caused by several different factors but motorists can take steps to reduce the risk of being in an accident by making smart driving decisions. Drivers need to be aware of the dangerous driving behaviors that increases the chances of being in a car accident.

Some of the most common and dangerous behaviors drivers should be aware of are texting while driving and using other electronic devices behind the wheel. Drivers should also be aware of when they are driving near schools and other areas where more pedestrians will be and be sure to always look for pedestrians, bicyclists and buses.

Pedestrians also need to be aware of their surroundings and take steps to reduce the risk of being in an accident. Pedestrians should always look before crossing the street. This includes when walking in a crosswalk. Pedestrians should also be aware of blind zones they may be walking in, like behind school buses and other areas.

Safe driving and walking behaviors can increase safety for everyone and reduce the risk of being injured in an accident. With the school year starting soon, it is important for drivers and pedestrians to be aware of potential dangers on the road and what steps to take to stay safe.

Source: FindLaw, "Top 10 Back-to-School Traffic Safety Tips," Aditi Mukherji, Aug. 19, 2013

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