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(KSL News) – As school got underway in Salt Lake School District, students at Bonneville elementary were treated with a walk to school, with Governor Mike Leavitt.
It's part of the annual "School's Open - Drive Carefully" campaign. AAA, along with the governor, are pushing for drivers to slow down and to be more careful near school zones, playgrounds, and in neighborhoods.
The governor says five students die each year in fatal accidents.
And now he's calling on drivers, students, and parents to make sure more kids make it to and from school, safely.
Governor Mike Leavitt: "WE'RE HOPING THAT PARENTS ALL OVER THE STATE ARE TAKING ABOUT LOOKING BOTH WAYS, ABOUT LOOKING IN DRIVEWAYS, ABOUT NOT ACCEPTING RIDES FROM STRANGERS, ALL THOSE BASIC RULES THAT WE HAVE LEARNED, THAT EVERY GENERATION NEEDS TO BE TAUGHT."
Utah Highway Patrol troopers will be paying special attention to school zones in the next few months.