School Zone

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According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2019, approximately 56.6 million kids will attend school across the United States. This means more kids are exposed to drivers around the school. In addition, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), reports that the highest number of traffic accidents happen in daylight hours with good weather.

Road traffic deaths are particularly frequent among children accounting for around 186,000 deaths globally per year and are the leading cause of death for boys aged 10 and 19 years and among the top 5 leading causes for girls.

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The Save LIVES technical package published in 2017 by WHO promotes 22 known good practices, many of which are applicable to children such as:

  • Lowering speeds around schools through legislation, enforcement and traffic calming;
  • Making walking and cycling safer for children by improving road design;
  • Ensuring countries apply UN regulation related to ISOFIX child restraints to improve vehicle safety for child passengers;
  • Enforcing all road safety laws but especially those related to helmet wearing, child restraints and seat-belts, drink-driving and speeding;
  • Optimizing post-crash facilities for children by ensuring that health personnel are adequately trained to deal with children, equipping emergency vehicles with child-sized equipment and improving pediatric-specific rehabilitation services;
  • Supervising young children in the road environment;
  • and Collecting and analyzing child-specific information in order to identify high-risk areas which are amenable to improved safety features

Solutions

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