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As Winter approaches, shorter days means students walking or bicycling to school or the bus stop in the dark and cold for a portion of the school year. Pedestrian accidents are a serious concern for parents sending their kids off to school. Pedestrian accident statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) using 2013 data show that urban areas suffered 73 percent of all pedestrian accident fatalities. Roadways, bikeways, sidewalks, medians and other pedestrian locations suffered only 10 percent of pedestrian fatalities compared to 20 percent at intersections and 69 percent at non-intersections. Most pedestrian fatalities occurred in the dark (72 percent) compared to 25 percent in daylight and four percent in dawn or dusk hours.
Prepare your child with winter walking safety tips to reduce the chances of being involved in a pedestrian accident:
- Ensure that your child is dressed to be as visible as possible — wear bright and light colored coat/backpack with reflective strips
- Allow plenty of time to reach school or the bus stop
- Wear boots or shoes with good grip — in icy weather conditions wear metal grips over shoes
- Watch out for debris or other tripping hazards on the road
- Walk to school or the bus stop with peers or an adult
- Only cross the street in well-lit areas at designated crosswalks unless there is no other option
- Do not assume that cars will stop because the signal has turned — they should wait to ensure that care are coming to a stop at the line before heading across the street
- Children should stand away from buses, shrubs/trees, parked cars and other large obstacles before crossing the road to ensure that drivers see them
- Children should walk facing the direction of moving cars so they are seen in headlights
- Wear a headlamp or a hat with a light built in to light their path
- Teach your child about distracted walking and the need to hear the sound of cars for safety — headphones for music and texting and walking should be avoided
If your child bicycles to school or the bus stop, ensure that your child’s bicycle is visible — it should be a light color and have reflective strips and blinking headlights and taillights. Also, your child should:
- Wear bright clothing with reflective strips and a headlamp if the bicycle is without a light to brighten the path
- Always wear a helmet
- Be taught the rules of the road
- Avoid unexpected, quick motions that will surprise motor vehicle drivers
- Not to wear headphones or talk on a cell phone while riding
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