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Report: California last in school zone safety, Kern County 47th of 58 counties

Posted at 6:15 AM, Nov 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-28 09:46:30-05

A new report details school zone safety, breaking down the safest and worst areas around schools in the United States.
The report, released by Zendrive, shows that California ranks last in the United States for school zone safety. Kern County ranks 47th among the 58 counties in California.
The report on the website says, "How dangerous are the drivers around your kid's school? Find out here.Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for all school-aged kids in the United States. Distracted driving is on the rise. This is unacceptable. To prevent these casualties, we need to prevent the driver behaviors that contribute to them, and that means we need to measure them. This is Zendrive’s specialty."
In Kern County, Piute Mountain Elementary ranked first for school zone safety, followed by Boron Junior-Senior High, Kernville Elementary, Tehachapi High School and Beardsley Elementary.
The five worst schools were Sunset, Lost Hills Elementary, A.M. Thomas Middle School, Vineland Elementary and West Boron Elementary.
Schools received grades based on four categories connected to drivers: aggressive acceleration, hard brake, phone use and speeding.
The full list of schools can be found on the Zendrive website.