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Pedestrian Safety
Facts, Figures & General Information
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Children are particularly vulnerable to pedestrian injuries. Their cognitive, developmental, behavioral, physical and sensory abilities are not yet fully developed to evaluate the dangers of vehicular traffic. Typically, these are slow-developing skills, not totally mastered until at least 10 years of age. To make matters worse, parents often overestimate their children’s abilities as pedestrians.

Safe Kids USA reports the following key facts and figures:
  • Since 2000, the annual number of unintentional pedestrian fatalities among children ages 14 and under has decreased from 475 to 244 in 2009, a decrease of 49%.
  • Each year, since 2001, an average of more than 15,500 children, ages 14 and under, were non-fatally injured as pedestrians.
  • In 2009, approximately 13,000 child pedestrians were non-fatally injured in motor vehicle crashes.

Safety Tips (a partial list)
Safe Kids USA states, “Parents are the most important models of proper pedestrian behavior for children.” Demonstrate these safe pedestrian practices and teach them to your children:
  • Cross streets safely at a corner, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. Don’t assume the driver sees you just because you see the driver.
  • Look left, right and then left again when crossing. Keep looking as you cross. Walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic, as far to the left as you can.
  • Be a safe pedestrian around cars. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
  • Check frequently for children when backing out of a driveway or a parking space.
  • Parents and children should hold hands in parking lots.
  • Never allow children under age 10 to cross streets alone. Adult supervision is essential until you are sure a child has good traffic skills and judgment.
  • Children should take direct routes, with the fewest street crossings.
  • Make sure children know to cross 10 feet in front of a school bus, never behind, and to wait for adults on the same side of the street as the school bus loading or unloading zone.
  • Teach your child never to run out into a street for a ball, a pet or any other reason.
  • Make sure your child plays in safe places away from motor vehicles, such as yards, parks and playgrounds and never in the street. Fence off play areas from driveways and streets.
  • Buy clothing and accessories incorporating retro reflective materials for your family to wear at dawn and dusk, in the evening and during other low-light situations, such as rainy or foggy weather.

Safe Kids USA

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10416 Watterson Trail   |   Jeffersontown, KY 40299   |   Ph: (502) 267-8333   |   Fx: (502) 267-0547