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Drivers must be aware of pedestrians during this time of year

If you are noticing a difference in the mornings these days, it is probably not the lack of humidity or chill in the air. It is probably not the fact that the sun is coming up later in the mornings. No, it is likely the increase in activity around the city in the mornings. This is because school is back in session, so you may be seeing more cars, buses and pedestrians during rush hour.

For drivers, it is a rite of late summer. (We can’t say fall for another few weeks). When children go back to school, drivers must be a little more vigilant so that they are aware of the greater number of pedestrians. Indeed, we need to pay attention to young children who are crossing the street, but the greater danger likely lies with older kids. 

After all, these kids are more likely to have headphones on or be texting while walking; both of which take a great deal of attention away from paying attention to one’s surroundings. Add in the possibility that teen pedestrians may be sleep deprived, and you have a recipe for disaster.

Because of this, drivers must be additionally vigilant during this time of year. They must look out for pedestrians, limit distractions in the same way that pedestrians should, and be mindful of speed limits; especially around school zones.

For drivers who fail to use such care, they could be held liable in the event of an accident; which means that they could be responsible for paying for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages suffered by injured pedestrians. 

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