Thousands of Utah schoolchildren were released from school last week, and motorists need to be aware of the increased potential for pedestrian accidents.
However, school officials remind motorists that tens of thousands of children still are in school, and decreased vigilance in school zones could be disastrous.More than 12,000 Granite District students in year-round elementary schools still will be using streets and sidewalks to get to and from school. Brockbank and Jefferson junior high schools, which also have year-round schedules, have more than 2,700 students.
To the south, Jordan District has even more students - approximately 21,000 - who are still in school although the traditional year has ended.
Davis District has 14,400 children enrolled in year-round programs.
In Salt Lake District, six schools are year-round. They include Bennion with 609 students; Franklin, 390; Meadowlark, 667; Parkview, 593; and Whittier, 516.
"We'd just like to remind motorists that students are still out there," said Granite Superintendent Loren G. Burton.
This year, two Granite District crossing guards were killed, both of whom were within days of retirement. In 1992, 51 children were injured in auto-pedestrian accidents in the district.
West Valley City is sponsoring a community safety program that appears to be reducing deaths and injuries, Burton said.