Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian injury remains a leading cause of unintentional-injury related death among children between the ages of 5 and 14.

Young children are at a higher risk for pedestrian injury and death because they don't have the ability to understand traffic rules and risks.  In addition, parents and caregivers often overestimate their child's knowledge and skills.

Children ages 1 to 2 are more likely to be involved in other pedestrian injuries, such as when someone backs up in a driveway, or does not see the child behind them.

Unfortunately, child pedestrian injuries are often very serious.

Where do most child pedestrian injuries and deaths occur?

Many child pedestrian deaths occur in the evening when visibility is reduced. Forty-two percent of child pedestrians who are struck by cars are hit between 4 p.m. and 7:59 p.m. Almost two thirds of the child pedestrian fatalities occur on rural roadways. The months of May and October have the highest number of child pedestrian deaths. In addition, the following situations may put young children at increased risk for injury or death:

How do I keep my child safe as a pedestrian?

Follow these recommendations to help prevent your child from getting hurt as a pedestrian:  

Pedestrian Safety

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