Children will be heading back to school soon and South Florida roads can become a major safety hazard. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 14. In 2000 there were 775 pedestrian fatalities in the 14 and younger age group. From 200 to 2009, the number of pedestrian fatalities in this age group decreased by 49%. With the 4 to 7 year old age group showing the largest decrease (58%). Even though pedestrian fatalities are on the decline there are certain safety tips to keep in mind.
- Walk on the sidewalk
- If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic
- Use a crosswalk whenever possible
- Keep looking for cars when crossing the street
- Stop at the edge of the street and look left to right for cars
Children are vulnerable to accidents because they often act before thinking and do not fully comprehend the dangers a moving vehicle can cause. They do not understand that a car cannot stop instantly and believe that if they can see the driver the driver can see them. Before school starts take time to walk with them along there route, show them how to safely cross the street.