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One in three drivers are distracted in school zones

One in three drivers are distracted in school zones”

Children are especially at risk of distracted drivers near their schools and a new study found some of the most unsafe driving in the country happening around Texas campuses. It found 88% of drivers are using their phones behind the wheel. Driving crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers.

New research from ZenDrive says between 4:00 and 5:00 in the afternoon is the most risky time to be on the roads near school.

California has the worst problem with overall distracted driving near schools, while Vermont ranked as the state with the safest school zones.

"Michigan is the worst state in terms of distracted phone use and aggressive acceleration near school zones", said Matus. The hours of 2 p.m.to 5 p.m. are the most unsafe.

The company mapped out the areas around 75,000 schools across the country to see which states are the safest. That's in contrast to Trinity Lutheran Church in Texas, which received an "F".

"Police work is driven by information".

Matus says he hopes parents will take any failing grades to their local school boards and law enforcement.

"It's their duty to keep our kids safe".

"They are kind of erratic in the lanes, we see that a lot where they are drifting into another lane", she said.



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