AAA cuts number of students allowed to travel for Safety Patrol trip

Parents and students are disappointed by AAA's decision to cut back on the number of students who can go on the annual trip.

AAA announced it is cutting the number of students allowed to travel to Washington D.C. for a safety patrol trip.

Each school will be allotted two hotel rooms with up to eight patrollers, which is a change from previous years.

"In the past we’ve taken anywhere from 30 to 40 kids so it’s a huge change," said Meredith Prince, a concerned parent.

Prince took one of her sons on the AAA School Safety Patrol Trip a few years ago, so she was excited to take her other son this upcoming year, but the announcement has changed her plans.

"He just started sobbing. He just started crying and I said, 'We’ll make this right, we’ll do something. We’ll get together with your friends and do something else,' but nothing is going to be the same as that trip," Prince said.

AAA told 10News the trip grew to an unsustainable size over the years so they had to make the changes before the 2017 trip to be able to continue to offer the trip.

"The changes will be effective for the 2017 AAA School Safety Patrol Trip to Washington D.C. The changes had to be made prior to the 2017 trip so that AAA can continue to provide the level of precision, safety and professionalism that we always have," a spokesperson said.

Each school will be allotted two chaperones for the trip at no charge.

AAA said the main reason for the cut back is to ensure there will be future trips for students.

"Over the coming years we want to allow other Tennessee schools to also send patrollers on the trip. Under our existing structure we have had to turn away interested schools because we did not have the capacity to accommodate them. By limiting the number of students per school, we will be able to invite AAA school safety patrollers from across the state to join us for this fun and educational trip," the spokesperson said.

Schools must notify AAA by October 1 if they plan on making the trip. 

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