(Undated) – Students in Indiana are back in class and Crawford County students head back next week, which means “School Zones” across the area will become very busy. As drivers it becomes even more important to pay attention to what’s going on around us especially before and after school. Schools often have very specific drop-off procedures for the school year. Make sure you know them for the safety of all kids. According to the National Safe Routes to School program more children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location. According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old, and they’re walking. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. By exercising a little extra care and caution, drivers and pedestrians can co-exist safely in school zones.