2017-09-08 / Front Page

SCHOOL'S OPEN, DRIVE CAREFULLY


Commissioner Kenneth Jackson (right) and Detective Richard Pedone (left) launched AAA’s “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign at the Garden City Gazebo at the Village Green. Traffic Safety Specialist Barbara Ward and local school student Kara Grimes also participated in the campaign. Commissioner Kenneth Jackson (right) and Detective Richard Pedone (left) launched AAA’s “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign at the Garden City Gazebo at the Village Green. Traffic Safety Specialist Barbara Ward and local school student Kara Grimes also participated in the campaign. Garden City Police Commissioner Kenneth Jackson and Detective Richard Pedone helped AAA Northeast launch its 72nd annual “School’s Open - Drive Carefully” program at the Garden City Gazebo at the Village Green. A local school student, Kara Grimes, also helped AAA kickoff the program, which alerts drivers to be extra careful behind the wheel as children end their summer vacation and return to school.

Drivers should be particularly cautious in school areas, keeping their speed at or below posted limits and being prepared to stop, on both sides of the street, for school buses with flashing red lights as required by New York State law.

P. F. Drury, a former safety director for the Automobile Club of Missouri, initiated the “School’s Open - Drive Carefully” campaign in the St. Louis, Missouri area in 1933. The campaign spread to other AAA clubs throughout the United States. AAA New York State began its program in 1945. The campaign is conducted with local government and police agencies.

“The help we get from police departments in our territory adds to the effectiveness of our ‘School’s Open’ campaign,” said Donna Galasso, assistant director of AAA’s Traffic Safety unit. “We appreciate the efforts of Commissioner Jackson, Detective Pedone and the Garden City Police Department, which helps to increase safety for all students.”

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