Parents, teachers, and kids all made the trek back to school today. Even though it was only a half day, Knoxville Police officers say they issued more than 100 tickets to drivers who violated school zone laws.
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Parents, teachers, and kids all made the trek back to school Monday. Even though it was only a half day, Knoxville Police officers says they issued more than 100 tickets to drivers who violated school zone laws. 8-11-14
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00:00 A pedestrian hit. By a car going 45 miles an
00:03 hour his two thirds less likely to be killed them hit
00:06 my car going 35 miles an hour that. There is a
00:09 reason school speed limit signs say 25 miles per hour tonight
00:14 a reminder from the experts to drive safely is the students
00:17 had not declined. Good evening everyone thank you for watching and
00:20 Robin will point. And I'm John Becker and we begin --
00:22 that story about school zones parents teachers and kids all made
00:26 the trek back to school today even though was half day
00:29 Knoxville police officers. Still issued more than 100 tickets to drivers
00:34 who did break the law in school zone. WB IR --
00:37 news reporter -- -- spent the day at one high school
00:41 and has more on why some say the ride home can
00:43 be the most dangerous. Hey guys plenty of excitement here today
00:48 outside West High School dozens of students using this crosswalk behind
00:52 me it's another when -- Tobler. Almost just as many cars
00:56 out here today to pick up students on the first day
00:58 of school. Let's go out always wanted to do just head
01:02 out there are golf and by. AAA Tennessee public affairs director
01:06 Don Lindsay says it's important for everyone to know -- school
01:10 zones along the can help save you time and -- you
01:13 have to forget that there is gold zone in place but
01:16 when taken. Lindsay explains this speed within schools zone is depends
01:21 on factors like this size of the school and traffic pattern.
01:25 A pedestrian hit by a car going 45 miles an hour
01:28 his two thirds less likely to be killed and get my
01:31 card going 35 miles an hour and ten miles an hour.
01:34 Can make a huge difference in the safety of the plus
01:37 it just gives us more time to react and around at
01:40 a school zones things happened very very quickly. Remaining kids the
01:43 rush to get home after school can put them in danger.
01:46 If they're not paying attention. And statistically in this country about
01:50 a quarter of the kids who were killed every year in
01:53 the pedestrian -- -- killed between greens and in the end.
01:58 One last tip from Don he says if you know you're
02:00 going into a busy parking -- there's going to be a
02:02 lot of foot traffic. Make simpler backwards like this putting the
02:05 rear at the back -- the parking space that would what
02:08 is on the pullout. You can see everybody walking by --
02:11 putting yourself for anyone else in any danger. In Knoxville --
02:15 right -- news. And then also police department says school zone
02:19 enforcement will continue for the next few days as -- students
02:22 began the new school year.
Parents, teachers, and kids in Knox County all made the trek back to school Monday.
Even though it was only a half day, Knoxville Police officers say they issued more than 100 tickets to drivers who violated school zone laws.
AAA of Tennessee Public Affairs Director Don Lindsey says it's important for everyone to know where school zones are.
"It can often save you time. If you happen to forget that there is a school zone in place, you might avoid a ticket while you're at it," said Lindsey.
He explains the speed within school zones depends on factors like the size of the school and traffic pattern.
"A pedestrian hit by a car going 25 mph is two thirds less likely to be killed than by a car going 35 mph. Ten miles an hour can make a huge difference in the safety of people. Plus it gives us more time to react and in school zones things happen very, very quickly," Lindsey explained.
For many kids, the rush to get home after school can put them in danger if they're not paying attention.
"Statistically and in this country about a quarter of the kids who are killed every year in pedestrian crashes are killed between 3 and 7 in the afternoon," Lindsey told 10 News.