(8/15/12) - Since 2000, an average of 355 unintentional pedestrian fatalities among children ages 14 and under has occurred each year. In addition, pedestrian injury remains the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 5 to 14. Many of these deaths could be prevented with pedestrian education, improvements to pedestrian routes, and increased law enforcement.
McLeod Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal reminds families to take caution during Pedestrian Safety Month (August) as well as year-round with these safety tips.
• 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 walk on 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.
For more information about child safety, call Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal at (843) 777-5021 to speak to an Injury Prevention Specialist or visit www.McLeodSafeKids.org.
Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal, led by McLeod Health, works to prevent accidental childhood injury, the leading cause of death in children 14 and under. Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing accidental injury. Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal is funded in part by the McLeod Health Foundation.