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How does Louisiana fare in school zone safety?

Unfortunately, some drivers simply cannot seem to stay off their phones, even when their driving through marked school zones during the school year. About one in three drivers engage in texting and other unsafe behaviors even in these zones.

A new study by a company called ZenDrive ranks approximately 75,000 school zones and areas around schools throughout the country based on the number of distracted drivers observed by researchers. Overall grades of A through F were also assigned to counties and to entire states. Louisiana fared poorly overall, receiving a grade of D and a ranking of 44.

However, none of the five worst counties named in the study are in our state. Perhaps not surprisingly, the highest number of distracted drivers in school zones were in large cities: New York, San Francisco and Miami. Three of the five worst school zones are in Texas.

The chief executive officer of ZenDrive notes that the hours between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. when kids are leaving school are more dangerous than the morning hours when they're walking to school. The 4:00 to 5:00 period is the worst, when the evening commute begins for many people.

With more and more areas having to curtail their bus service due to financial constraints, kids and their parents are having to find other transportation options, which often include walking, biking or skateboarding. This increases the chances of accidents involving kids and distracted drivers.

The study includes an interactive map that parents can use to see where their county and specifically their kids' schools rank. As ZenDrive's CEO says, parents can use this study to lobby their local officials to make the areas around their schools safer.

If your child has been injured or worse by a distracted driver, it's essential to know what all of your legal options are. An experienced Louisiana personal injury attorney can provide guidance during this difficult time.

Source: CBS News, "Distracted driving study maps the most dangerous roads near schools," Sep. 14, 2017

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