Things You Need To Know As You Head Back To School

Little boy waits at street corner to cross the street

A new school year can often be the beginning of something special – another year for students to learn, grow and imagine all the possibilities (even if our kids don’t always see it that way). 

Facts about Pedestrian Safety

Unfortunately, too many kids are not getting to school and back safety. In fact, every day in the U.S. more than 40 kids are hit by a vehicle while walking. That’s more than 15,000 children injured each year.

Take Action

So let’s work together to do something about these preventable tragedies. When you talk to your children about everything that goes with their return to school, from teachers to friends to homework, please also talk to them about how to walk there safely. This goes double for those of you with teenagers, since they are now the most at-risk youth for pedestrian injuries. Here are some tips to help start the discussion.

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We also have developed a new tool to help parents go one step further to make their neighborhoods safer. If you observe speeding or other dangerous behaviors in your school zone, then check out this Take Action Toolkit: How to Fix Unsafe School Zones. This toolkit was developed by Safe Kids with support from FedEx, to empower parents and caregivers to make policy or infrastructure changes that improve safety for pedestrians, bike riders and all of us near schools.

Various School Zone Areas That Can Be Improved

View the Take Action Toolkit

Infographic

This infographic highlights seven ways children are getting hit, paired with seven tips to prevent them from happening.

A colorful informational pedestrian safety image with visual graphics.

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Play a Part in Safety

Join in and help teach kids how to be safe while walking. We’ve created some posters that you can use in your community or your child’s school to help spread awareness of common ways kids get hit by cars.

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Talking about Distraction

One of the common distractions of older children and teens is technology. We know that teens have been told over and over again how dangerous it is to walk, or drive, while distracted. But the statistics prove that they still do it. Don’t believe it? Watch this video as our own Gary Karton stops teens on the street of Washington, D.C. to ask them about distracted walking.

We hope your kids have an exciting and safe school year.