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Tips for Back-to-School Safety on the Roads

In 2013, more than 330 child pedestrians died and another 13,000 were injured while going to or from school. Over the last decade, about one-third of the children were killed between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“That’s when they’re walking home from school. That’s when they’re heading to the playground or library. That’s when they’re waiting at the bus stop for their parents to pick them up,” says Manager of Public and Government Affairs at AAA mid-Atlantic John Townsend.

AAA offers six tips to keep kids safe this school year:

  • Slow down. School zone speed limits are much lower than other parts of the road. In Maryland and D.C., speed cameras are permitted in school zones.

“These speed cameras work wonders in school zones.  It’s an ideal place to put them because research shows that within six to eight months after such a camera is placed in school zone, the number of speeding incidents drop between 60 and 80 percent,” says Townsend.

  • Eliminate distractions. Both distracted driving and distracted walking with people on their smartphones are a growing problem across the country.
  • Reverse responsibly. Remember that every vehicle has blind spots, so remember to check for children and back up slowly.
  • Talk to teen drivers. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States. More than one-quarter of fatal crashes involving teen drivers occur during the same 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. time period, according to AAA.

“You have to talk to your kids about the birds and the bee and about safe driving. Parents are uncomfortable talking about both topics. But you have to do it because the next time you give your keys to your teen may be the last time you see him or her alive,” says Townsend.

  • Come to a complete stop at stop signs. AAA reports that one-third of drivers roll through stop signs in school zones or neighborhoods. While AAA mid-Atlantic has been critical about red-light cameras ticketing drivers for rolling right turns, it supports cracking down on rolling stops in school zones. D.C. has stop-sign cameras near schools that can ticket you for not stopping completely at the stop sign.

“If you’re rolling through a stop sign, chances are you haven’t seen the kid because of his or her height and weight. In school zones, rolling stops need to be outlawed,” says Townsend.

  • Watch out for bicycles. Particularly in places such as D.C., Arlington, Alexandria, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties where bicyclists have grown in number with the advent of Capital BikeShare.

“Slow down and allow at least 3 feet of passing distance. It’s especially true for children who might not be as accustomed to riding a bike,” says Townsend.

  • Never drive around a stopped school bus. Arlington, Falls Church, Montgomery County and Prince George’s counties have equipped some buses with cameras that can ticket drivers for illegally passing a bus. The fine could be up to $250.

SOURCE: http://wtop.com/sprawl-crawl/2015/08/tips-for-back-to-school-safety-on-the-roads/

 


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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