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.
Fifty-seven million kids walk, bike, take the bus or get a ride to school everyday in the U.S. It’s a necessary journey, and sometimes it can be dangerous. At Zendrive, we believe traffic injuries and deaths are preventable. Our goal is to build safe streets and healthy communities, ones where every kid can get to school without worrying about the drivers around them.
Add your voice to the movement to make roads safe for everyone! Read our detailed analysis of driver behavior around schools here.
We mapped out areas around over 125,000 schools nationwide and analyzed over 10.5-billion miles driven within them, giving us a safety snapshot of April 2018, which we compared to data analyzed from April 2017. Since schools, their playgrounds, fields and community spaces are seven-day-a-week destinations, we looked traffic throughout the week; this spanned nine million drivers’ anonymized aggregated data.
125,703 schools (and all surrounding roads within one-quarter of a mile)
3,094 counties (measured as averages of their school area scores)
10.5-billion miles driven and analyzed within school areas
9.1-million anonymous individual drivers in this study
4.6-billion unsafe driving events
The grades measure the relative safety of the roads around a school. The more unsafe driving events per trip (like hard braking, phone fiddling, etc), the lower a grade the school will get.
The grades work on a curve. So when you put all 125,703 schools together, the top percentile, or the absolute safest school areas, gets an A+.
The next percentile is an A, and so on.
At the state- and county-levels, the grades were also given out on a curve. However, to account for outliers, only the 90th-percentile of driver behavior around schools within each area was used.
School areas with insufficient driving data were not included in the final analysis. As we get more data, we’ll release new Safety Snapshots with more info. The schools dataset is taken from the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES) datasets on public and private schools, found here. The NCES gathers their public school data from Common Core Data and private school data from the Private School Survey. If your school is not in the NCES database, then it won’t be in our analysis.
Here are the 2018 Gold Star Schools, which had zero risky driving events during the study.
School NameCountyStateTypeLocationTonto Basin ElementaryGilaArizonapublicruralSkull Valley Elementary SchoolYavapaiArizonapublicruralHume Lake Christian AcademyFresnoCaliforniaprivateruralLaguna ElementaryMarinCaliforniapublicruralRio Lindo Adventist AcademySonomaCaliforniaprivateruralSouth Central Calhoun Elementary BuildingCalhounIowapublicruralHarrison ElementaryCumberlandMainepublicruralDeer Isle-Stonington Elementary SchoolHancockMainepublicruralMill Creek Elementary SchoolGrand TraverseMichiganpublicruralWebber SchoolOaklandMichiganpublicsuburbKimball Elementary SchoolSt. ClairMichiganpublicruralDenton 7-8FergusMontanapublicruralDenton High SchoolFergusMontanapublicruralDenton SchoolFergusMontanapublicruralBozeman ChristianGallatinMontanaprivateruralThe Hunter SchoolGraftonNew HampshireprivateruralDugan-Tarango Middle SchoolHidalgoNew MexicopublicruralTobe Turpen ElementaryMcKinleyNew MexicopublictownScenic View SchoolClearfieldPennsylvaniaprivateruralConneaut Valley Elementary SchoolCrawfordPennsylvaniapublicruralLaurel Run SchoolJuniataPennsylvaniaprivateruralSugar Grove SchoolSomersetPennsylvaniaprivateruralUtica Elementary SchoolVenangoPennsylvaniapublicruralMercedes Academic AcademyHidalgoTexaspublicsuburbAnthony CenterGreenbrierWest VirginiapublicruralLong Drain SchoolWetzelWest VirginiapublicruralElk Mountain ElementaryCarbonWyomingpublicruralLance Creek ElementaryNiobraraWyomingpublicrural
RankSchool NameCountyStateTypeLocation1 – most dangerousOaks Montessori SchoolTangipahoaLouisianaprivatesuburb2Bolton-Edwards Elementary and Middle SchoolHindsMississippipublicrural3Amikids Georgetown Middle and High SchoolGeorgetownSouth Carolinaprivaterural4Luther High SchoolOklahomaOklahomapublicrural5Buckeye Local High School and Ohio Valley Energy Technology AcademyJeffersonOhiopublicrural6Fessenden Elementary SchoolMarionFloridapublicrural7H. W. Byers Elementary, Middle and High SchoolMarshallMississippipublicrural8Luther Branson SchoolMadisonMississippipublicrural9St. Paul Elementary SchoolClarendonSouth Carolinapublicrural10Pleasant GroveSutterCaliforniapublicrural
RankCountyStateLocation1 – safestLake of the WoodsMinnesotarural2AlpineCaliforniarural3CostillaColoradorural4HighlandVirginiarural5LoganNebraskarural6BlaineNebraskarural7ColumbiaWashingtonrural8GrantNebraskarural9NelsonVirginiatown10HardinIllinoisrural
RankCountyStateLocation1 – most dangerousMarshallMississippitown2AllendaleSouth Carolinarural3St. ClairMissourirural4Tom GreenTexassuburban5CallahanTexasrural6San FranciscoCaliforniaurban7SimpsonMississippitown8LacledeMissouritown9MillardUtahrural10AscensionLouisianasuburban
StateRankWyoming1 – safest driversHawaii2Vermont3Montano4Maine5New Hampshire6South Dakota7West Virgina8North Dakota9Oregon10Idaho11Iowa12Washington13Virginia14Massachusetts15Minnesota16Rhode Island17Maryland18Kansaa19Nebraska20Wisconsin21North Carolinai22Ohio23South Carolina24Kentucky25New Mexico26Connecticut27Utah28Tennessee29New Jersey30Missouri31New York32Colorado33Delaware34Georgia35Arkansas36Nevada37Alabama38Texas39Pennsylvania40Indiana41Oklahoma42Michigan43Arizona44Mississippi45Louisiana46District of Columbia47Illinois48Florida49California50 – most dangerous drivers
Rural Schools = Safer Roads. Counties with more urban areas and higher population are generally more dangerous. Which makes sense: a greater density of people walking and driving means a higher potential for crashes to occur.
Drivers should exercise extreme caution from 3 – 6 pm. Nationwide, the most dangerous time of day near schools is 3:00 – 4:00 pm… so take extra attention and care when in areas where kids walk, bike, or get off buses.
Be wary of afternoon pickup times. Drivers around schools during the afternoon peak pick-up time of 3:00 – 6:00 pm are more dangerous than the morning peak of 7:00 – 10:00 am.
Zendrive has anonymized, aggregated driver data from drivers from our customers and partners all over the country, such as HopSkipDrive and more. Some are commercial drivers, some are individual drivers, and all have the power of the Zendrive platform to keep them safe.
We took a snapshot of data from April 2018. If your school’s had safety improvements since then, they won’t be reflected in the data.
We used the school dataset from the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES). The NCES gathers their public school data from Common Core Data and private school data from the Private School Survey. If your school is not on the map, please contact NCES here.
We’re going to be releasing periodic Safety Snapshots as we analyze more miles in more areas. Stay tuned!