Pumpkins, Halloween, apple cider...fall is filled with fun foods and events. But as I drove home from work one day and became temporarily blinded by the setting sun, it reminded me of how we need to adjust our own safety awareness to the season. Tell children why being a defensive pedestrian and walking walk in groups on Halloween are good ideas. You can't assume drivers will see you in time to prevent hitting you.
Our team came across this great infographic from Safe Kids about pedestrian safety -- “How Does a Teenager Cross the Road?”. Based on over 34,000 observations and discussion groups with more than 2,400 students during the 2012-2013 school year, their research indicates that a significant number of high school and middle school students cross the street while distracted, most frequently texting or using headphones. Although older teens account for half of all pedestrian deaths among children age 19 or younger, only one-fifth of teens felt that their age group was the most at risk for pedestrian injuries. To understand these findings, it is helpful to review brain development during adolescence and how teens make decisions.
Guest Post from Gina Duchossois, MS, CHOP's Injury Prevention Supervisor, describes collaborative grassroots effort to redesign an intersection to reduce pedestrian injuries.