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.
- Tonto Basin Elementary
- Skull Valley Elementary School
- Hume Lake Christian Academy
- Laguna ElementaryMarinCalifornia
- Rio Lindo Adventist Academy
- South Central Calhoun Elementary
- Harrison Elementary
- Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School
- Mill Creek Elementary School
- Webber School
- Kimball Elementary School
- Denton High School
- Denton School
- Bozeman Christian
- The Hunter School
- Dugan-Tarango Middle School
- Tobe Turpen Elementary
- Scenic View School
- Conneaut Valley Elementary School
- Laurel Run School
- Sugar Grove School
- Utica Elementary School
- Mercedes Academic Academy
- Anthony Center
- Drain School
- Elk Mountain Elementary
- Lance Creek Elementary
- Oaks Montessori School
- Bolton-Edwards Elementary and Middle School
- Amikids Georgetown Middle and High School
- Luther High School
- Buckeye Local High School and Ohio Valley Energy Technology Academy
- Fessenden Elementary School
- H. W. Byers Elementary, Middle and High School
- Luther Branson School
- St. Paul Elementary School
- Pleasant Grove
- Lake of the Woods, Minnesota
- Alpine, California
- Costilla, Colorado
- Highland, Virginia
- Logan, Nebraska
- Blaine, Nebraska
- Columbia, Washington
- Grant, Nebraska
- Nelson, Virginia
- Hardin, Illinois
- Marshall, Mississippi
- Allendale, South Carolina
- St. Clair, Missouri
- Tom Green, Texas
- Callahan, Texas
- San Francisco, California
- Simpson, Mississippi
- Laclede, Missouri
- Millard, Utah
- Ascension, Louisiana
6. New Hampshire
7. South Dakota
8. West Virgina
9. North Dakota
17. Rhode Island
22. North Carolina
24. South Carolina
26. New Mexico
30. New Jersey
32. New York
47. District of Columbia
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!