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WALK THIS WAY

 Walk This Way

 WALK THIS WAY:

Child Pedestrian Safety Program

On Wednesday, October 4, members of the Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department will join the children of Apollo Elementary School as they participate in Safe Kids' Walk This Way child pedestrian program.  The Fire Department's Public Life Safety Specialist, Reggie Belle, explained that Safe Kids of Brevard, with sponsorship from FedEx Express, and with the cooperation of the Brevard County School Board is targeting this year's International Walk to School Day October fourth to educate students and parents and make communities safer for children to walk.  The goal of the event is to teach safe pedestrian behaviors, raise awareness of pedestrian safety activities, assess and document environmental hazards and improper driver and pedestrian behaviors that may result in a pedestrian-related death or injury and establish and maintain concerned advocates to address the on-going issues of pedestrian safety among children.

"Pedestrian injury remains the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 5 to 14", stated Mr. Belle.  "This is an opportunity for our community to raise awareness and take action to safeguard our children not only going to and from school, but wherever they walk within our community.  Representatives from Apollo Elementary, Safe Kids of Brevard, Titusville Fire and Emergency Services, Titusville Police Department, our local YMCA and parents and teachers will be on hand to assist children and handle traffic impacts.  Even those children who are normally transported by vehicle will be participating, as the buses will discharge their students at a pre-staging area on Harrison Street extension and they walk the rest of the way to Apollo Elementary on Knox McRae Drive."

There are a multitude of laws and policies that affect child pedestrian injuries, including low speed limits in residential areas, pedestrian walkways, crossing guards and designated crosswalks for pedestrians.  But as Mr. Belle noted, "A national observational survey found that 9 out of 10 crosswalks within the vicinity of an elementary or middle school had at least one of four common hazards: crosswalks in poor condition or not present; drivers failed to stop, or stopped and make illegal turns; posted speed limits during school hours were 35 mph or more; and curb ramps were either outside the crosswalk or missing.  Not only will we be instructing and demonstrating good pedestrian skills to Apollo's children and parents, we will also be asking them to document any deficiencies that they spot as they walk, so these can also be addressed."  He urges parents and childen to learn safety techniques and practice safe behaviors while walking.

    Pedestrian Safety Tips    

  • Don't cross the street along if you're younger than 10 years odlstreet alone if you're younger than 10 years old.
  • Stop at the curb before crossing the street.
  • Walk, don't run, across the street.
  • Cross at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
  • Look left, right, and left again before crossing.
  • Walk facing traffic.
  • Make sure drivers see you before crossing in front of them.
  • Do not play in driveways, streets, parking lots or unfenced yards by the street.
  • Wear white clothing or reflectors when walking at night.
  • Cross at least 10 feet in front of a school bus.    

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                        

Injuries to Child Pedestrians

  • The number of child pedestrian deaths is four times higher on Halloween evening than on any other night of the year.
  • In 2003, nearly 38,400 children ages 14 and under were treated in hospital emergency rooms for pedestrian-related injuries.
  • Child pedestrian injuries occur more often in residential areas and on local roads that are straight, paved and dry.
  • A national survey of speeding in school zones found that two-thirds of drivers exceeded the posted speed limit during the 30-minute period before and after school.
  • Nearly 10 percent of all child pedestrian-related injuries occur in driveways.  A fenced play area, physically separate from residential driveways, could reduce the risk of driveway-related incidents by 50 percent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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