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Okay ladies and gentlemen, parents, and drivers everywhere, school is officially back in session. In a news story released last week Douglas County deputies were taking care our little ones had safe passage while returning to school.
Watch How Officers Are Using the UltraLyte to Help Create Safe School Zones
KDVR-TV in Denver - 8-29-2013
In light of these Traffic Officer's diligence, let's take a look at a few statistics from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) to understand just how important it is that we are especially careful while around a school zone.
- Pedestrian crash deaths comprise one part of the total deaths from motor vehicle crashes. From 1997 to 2006, there were 49,128 pedestrian fatalities, representing 12 percent of all fatalities (424,840) in motor vehicle crashes. The rest of those killed in motor vehicle crashes were vehicle occupants (drivers and passengers), motorcycle riders, bicyclists, and others.
- Urban roads accounted for more than two-thirds (70.9%) of pedestrian crash deaths with nearly one-third of those on other principal arterial roads. Urban principal arterial roads accounted for over 25 percent of the pedestrians killed in motor vehicle crashes.
- Children are the most frequent victims of pedestrian or bicycle accidents!
NHTSA further states, "there were 59,000 pedestrians injured and 4,902 pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2010. In the same year, nearly one in every five children between the ages of 5 and 9 who were killed in traffic crashes was a pedestrian. On average, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic crash every 120 minutes and injured in a traffic crash every 8 minutes."
While hitting a pedestrian is not always driver error, I've been involved in several close calls where a child simply ran into the street directly in front of me with no warning. That said though, the sheer number of deaths via collision seems staggeringly high to me. It's simply a matter of paying attention and keeping one's speed in check. Doesn't seem like a lot to ask of us does it?
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