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How safe are school zones? Website crunches data to rank danger school by school

Zendrive.com analyzes the safety of school zones by measuring the number of distracted drivers. It mapped out areas around 75,000 schools nationwide and analyzed over 3.4 billion driver miles. The data collected gives a safety snapshot of April 2017. Each school is graded based on things like phone use while driving, rapid acceleration, or hard braking. That information comes from sensors on smartphones that connect to apps like GasBuddy, Life360, HopSkipDrive, and more. (Courtesy Zendrive) 

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Stacy Herchenroder said he has two sons attending Ridgeview Elementary.

"I think you're always concerned because they're so little and they can dart out and people aren't paying attention to the crosswalks," Herchenroder said.

A website that rates the safety of school zones gave Ridgeview the lowest rating in Lane County: a C.

The county's safest school zone? According to Zendrive.com, it's McCornack Elementary in Eugene. That school zone scored an A+ rating.

Zendrive.com analyzes the safety of school zones by measuring the number of distracted drivers.

"My biggest concern is people who are distracted, texting drivers, and stuff like that," said Alison Bell, a parent from Coburg.

It mapped out areas around 75,000 schools nationwide and analyzed over 3.4 billion driver miles.

The data collected gives a safety snapshot of April 2017.

Each school is graded based on things like phone use while driving, rapid acceleration, or hard braking.

That information comes from sensors on smartphones that connect to apps like GasBuddy, Life360, HopSkipDrive, and more.

"I do feel unsafe actually many times driving to school," said Cassi Anderson, whose child attends Twin Oaks Elementary.

According to the study, the more urban the county, the riskier the roads.

It also found that found that the afternoon pick-up, between the hours of 2-5 p.m., is 40 percent more dangerous than the morning drop-off, between 7-10 a.m.

Some parents said that information is valuable.

"I think it would be a really awesome tool," Bell said.

Not all Lane County schools were included in the study.

Zendrive said they were not able to get sufficient driving data for some schools, but they plan to expand and release more data as it comes in.

Search for your child's school at Zendrive.com.

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