Back to school road safety campaign issued by multiple state agencies

GEORGIA (WTOC) - As students across Georgia prepare to head back to school, state officials are ramping up their safety efforts.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety is partnering with Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools and other agencies to make sure your children remain safe while traveling to school.

"Stay focused. We live in a social media world. We are in vehicles traveling. Many of our communities don't have sidewalks, so we are sharing the roads with our kids as they walk to and from school. We want you to stay focused. Stay off the cell phones. Stay off of social media. Stay off of texting. Many of our littles one are unpredictable," said Chief Terry Enoch, SCCPSS Campus Police.

AAA is once again highlighting their "School's Open, Drive Carefully" campaign.

It's designed to help reduce the number of child pedestrian fatalities and injuries. The campaign urges drivers to have a number of safety factors in mind as another school year begins.

One spokesman wants to remind people to keep their eyes on the road.

"They want to slow down. They want to make sure that they are aware of the rules that apply around the school zones and particularly in the summertime because people go past those school zones when they're closes but now they are back open. Really have to be aware of what's happening to keep everyone safe," said Garrett Townsend, a spokesman with AAA.

Nearly one million students on almost 15,000 daily bus routes are transported home from school every afternoon during the Georgia school year.

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