Aug 13, 2012
Post By: Children's Health
The danger of walking to school has never been greater than it is now with texting, tweeting and phone calls to distract drivers.
During the back-to-school season — in August and September — at Children's Medical Center, the Emergency Department sees an increase in trauma-related pedestrian, bicycle and school bus injuries.
Last year, there were 83 patients admitted to Children's after suffering injuries from being hit by a car while walking and six of these children died.
Many of these injuries and those like it are preventable by following some simple safety guidelines.
"The most common injury we see from children walking to school is a vehicle collision with a human," said Claudia Romo, program manager for Injury Prevention at Children's. "These injuries can range from scrapes and bruises to multiple fractures, head and brain injuries."
To help prevent such accidents, follow these pedestrian safety tips and discuss them with your children.
Each year coalitions from Safe Kids Walk This Way have created local task forces with the goal of improving safety along school routes. Examples of things these groups evaluate include:
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