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The National Safety Council and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center are pleased to join Honda in offering a free copy of this DVD geared to students ages five to nine. During the 14-minute program, students discover safe and responsible street crossing steps that will educate and entertain them as they develop important pedestrian safety skills and learn to make smart safety decisions.
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Being struck by a car is a leading cause of death and injury to children. The greatest risk is to children 5-9 years of age, in their own neighborhoods. The group takes in children from Kindergarten through the 3rd Grade.

Children are difficult to protect, since they lack skills and experience that most adults have come to take for granted. Children are not mini adults!
  • Children are impulsive - they don't stop to think of the safety of a movement.
  • Children have little or no sense of danger.
  • Children have a difficult time judging the speed of approaching cars - indeed, they may not even be able to tell if they are moving!
The task of training children on pedestrian safety is complicated by their level of development. Pedestrian safety messages such as "look both ways" are simple enough. Children will learn to recite rhymes and may move their head in both directions - it's not enough.

The real message (which older children and adults realize intuitively!) is "look both ways and see if any cars are coming, if they are, figure out how fast they are going and if there's enough time to cross, if not wait until one or both go by". No wonder this confuses little kids!

There have been many attempts to educate young children, few show significant results in improving their safety. Until age 9, children have great difficulty learning these difficult judgmental skills. They are not ready.

The real solution is for drivers to behave differently when driving around areas where kids live and play. We need to engineer streets to encourage drivers to drive at appropriately low speeds. Traffic calming is a method of creating these conditions.

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Helpful Links:

Walk to School Day
The web site offers a history of Walk to School Day, child pedestrian information, resources for planning events and online registration.
http://www.walktoschool.org


Preventing Pedestrian Crashes: Preschool/Elementary School Children
Provides information to parents on pedestrian risks for preschool and elementary school children. Safe and Sober Campaign. Taken from the NHTSA website.
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/outreach/safesobr/15qp/web/sbprevent.html


Kidswalk-to-School:
This guide is a resource to help communities develop and implement a year-long walk-to-school initiative. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/kidswalk/kidswalk_guide.htm


Pedestrian Injury:
Pedestrian injury remains the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 5 to 14. SafeKids.
http://www.safekids.org/


Pedestrian Fatalities Related to School Travel:
A fact sheet pertaining to school age children. NHTSA.
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/pedbimot/ped/Getting_to_School/pedestrian.html


Rules of the Road for Grandchildren: Safety Tips
If you are a grandparent, you can play an important role in teaching your grandchildren the "rules of the road." AARP.
http://www.aarp.org/confacts/grandparents/rulesroad.html


Streets in America are unsafe and unforgiving for kids:
Article by the Pedestrian Safety Roadshow. U.S. Department of Transportation. Federal Highway Administration.
http://www.tfhrc.gov/safety/pedbike/articles/unsafe.htm


Focusing on the Child Pedestian:
Pedestrian Information from the FHWA.
http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/roaduser/pdf/PedFacts.pdf


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