Florida ranks No. 2 in child pedestrian deaths

AAA urges drivers to be alert as schools reopen


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – According to 2015 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Florida had the second most child pedestrian deaths in the country with 36.

Nationwide, nearly 350 kids were killed and 11,000 were injured. Nearly one third of all child pedestrian fatalities happen right after school gets out, between 3 and 7 p.m.

As school years are starting across the state, AAA wants to remind drivers to slow down and pay extra attention during their morning and afternoon commutes.

“As a driver, we can’t stress enough to put down that cell phone. Pay attention to the road, and what is going on around you. Pay attention to speed limits and help keep our kids safe," AAA’s Lindsey Pavlick said.

Safety recommendations include always coming to a full stop at any stop sign, rather than rolling through it.

Additionally, especially in neighborhoods and near schools, drivers need to pay extra attention when putting the car in reverse and should always back up slowly.