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Walking to School Safety

Walking To School Safety

Per the Governors Highway Safety Association the number of pedestrian killed in traffic crashes reached a 25 year high (nearly 6,000 pedestrians killed in 2017.  Three quarters of these incidents occurred at night time, many times when pedestrian was not using an appropriate cross walk to cross that road.  Vehicle speed, alcohol, and marijuana use appear to influence theses tragic events.  Another noticeable influence on car vs pedestrian crashes is distraction, especially phone use while driving and/or walking.   It is common to see people walking down the street starring at their phones, oblivious to their surroundings.  What is more alarming is the commonality of drivers that shift their visual focus back and forth from the street in front of their vehicle to their phone.

Behaviors that can help reduce the number of pedestrian vs car collisions include the following:

  • Set hard rules for cell phone use in the vehicle.  Zero tolerance.
  • Do not allow your children to walk to school or anywhere listening to music (with head phones on).
  • Don’t allow your children to text while walking.  Tell them to focus on surrounding traffic. 
  • Teach your children to use cross walks at intersections and not dart out between cars to cross the street.
  • Have your children where bright colors when walking at night.  
  • Demonstrate the behavior you want your children to model.