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Poughkeepsie Police Help Launch “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” Campaign

School's Open_8.5x11 posterPatrolmen Scott DiNonno and Bill Badner, along with the Poughkeepsie Police Department and local school children, helped AAA New York launch its 68th annual “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign.

Colorful “School’s Open” posters will be mounted in Poughkeepsie to warn motorists to be extra careful as thousands of local youngsters return to school.

“The help and support that we get from our club-area police departments adds to the effectiveness of our ‘School’s Open’ campaign,” said Donna Galasso, Assistant Director of the club’s Traffic Safety unit.  “We appreciate the efforts of the Poughkeepsie Police Department, which will result in increased safety for all students,” said Galasso.

Ms. Galasso reminds drivers, including bicyclists to be especially cautious in school areas, keeping their speed at or below posted limits and being prepared to stop, on both sides of the street, for school buses with flashing red lights and stop arms, as required by New York State law.

Photo of Program Participants

Patrolmen Scott DiNonno (left) and Bill Badner helped to launch AAA’s “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign at police headquarters in Poughkeepsie, NY with (left to right) (bottom row) Caylee Young, Maleena Johnson, (middle row) Shane Young, Cole Young, Connor Young, (top row) Tristan Young and Kai Petersen. Christopher McBride , Traffic Safety Specialist, represented AAA at the ceremony.

The club’s annual “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign is conducted with local government and police agencies.  Thousands of posters, bumper stickers and other educational materials are distributed through the program.

AAA New York State’s “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” program began in 1945.  Since then, it has helped to prevent injuries and deaths among children of elementary school age.

AAA New York, the local AAA affiliate, provides automotive, travel and financial services to more than 1.6 million members in New York City, and in Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Herkimer and parts of Lewis, Madison and Oneida counties.

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