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After-school pick-up a risky time on the road

Parents in Louisiana may still be picking up the last items on their children's back to school supply lists, but a new study shows they may need to be worrying about the safety of roads surrounding the school itself. 

According to CBS News, a recent study found that one in three drivers is distracted or otherwise dangerously driving in a school zone, and children are at risk 40 percent more during after-school pick-up than in the morning. The hour between 4 and 5 p.m. is the most dangerous time in a school zone. Zendrive, which conducted the study, analyzed 3.4 billion driver miles surrounding 75,000 nationwide to come up with safety grade for each state and most counties around the country. Schools that were analyzed were also given a grade, and all of this information is available to parents. Louisiana was given a D for the state's overall safety, and five counties actually received an F.

The study found that one in 11 public schools is located close to a busy street or highway, which means a pedestrian accident is six times more likely than in lower-trafficked areas. Urban counties had the highest risk, so children who go to schools in cities are less safe. In fact, the five most dangerous schools in the country are located in Houston, New York City, San Francisco, and Dallas. Car crashes are the number one reason for deaths of teenagers in the U.S., and 2016 had the most traffic deaths in 50 years. This may be because 88 percent of drivers are distracted by phones, which makes an accident 20 times more likely. 

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