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National driver safety study ranks NHS safest in county

By KARLEE STEFFANNI • Sep 17, 2017 at 6:00 AM

A recent national study analyzing driver safety in school zones ranked Norwalk High School as one of the least dangerous schools in Huron County. 

The study, Zendrive School Safety Snapshot, is the first in a series being conducted by Zendrive, a company that uses smartphone technology to measure and improve driving behavior. 

Sparked by the recent increase in traffic deaths and the rise of distracted driving related to cell phone usage, the results of the study provide a snapshot for driver safety near schools in April, 2017. 

At a state level, Ohio placed in the top half for safest schools in the nation. 

Huron County was ranked the 19th safest county of 81 counties analyzed. Thirteen local schools were analyzed for the study, using Zendrive’s ‘safety analytics technology.’

Norwalk High School was ranked the safest school in Huron County, earning an ‘A+’ safety rating on Zendrive’s ‘safety report card.’

St. Joseph’s Middle School in Monroeville was ranked the second safest school in the county, and earned a safety rating of A- safety.

Zendrive mapped out areas around 75,000 schools nationwide and 2,222 counties for the study. 

Here’s a breakdown of what they found:

• The more urban the county, the riskier the school roads

• 1 in 3 drivers show unsafe pick-up or drop-off behavior in school zones

• The most dangerous time to be on or near roads around schools nationwide is between 4 to 5 p.m.

• The afternoon peak pick-up time of 2 to 5 p.m. around school roads is 40-percent more dangerous than the morning drop-off peak of 7 to 10 am.

• Phone use while driving increases the chances of a collision by 20 times. A previous study by Zendrive found 88 percent of people do this.

• 1 in 11 public schools is within 500 feet of heavily trafficked roads, which have six times more pedestrian collisions

• Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens

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