The "School's Open - Drive Carefully" campaign began Wednesday to  help preserve the safety of children traveling to and from school.  
Major Pierce V. Gallagher, Troop F (Middletown) Commander is urging everyone to support AAA's annual "School's Open - Drive Carefully" campaign.

The campaign alerts motorists to the special risks to school-age children from motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of death of children from five to fourteen years old.

The campaign began Wednesday (Aug. 30) and will run through October 13.

Motorist will receive reminders as the "School's Open" bumper stickers will be on State Police vehicles, school buses, and passenger cars.

Superintendent George P. Beach II said:

With traffic safety a top priority for our agency, we will once again ramp up enforcement and raise driver awareness as school buses return to our roads and our children walk our sidewalks. We ask that parents, friends and neighbors spread the word and work with law enforcement year round. Please pay attention behind the wheel to make sure our kids stay safe

Be sure to use extra caution as school's reopen, because it is then that vacation-minded children are apt to less careful.

Motorists should be alert for children darting out between parked cars on busy streets.