According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 95 children under the age of 14 were killed in auto-pedestrian accidents in 2012 in California. Across the United States, nearly 6,000 pedestrians and cyclists are killed every year, while an additional 88,000 to 92,000 are seriously injured in collisions with motor vehicles.
Some of the most dangerous places for pedestrian and bicyclist accidents are in and around schools. Our daily commutes should not be deadly. But parents are late for meetings, kids are late for class, and cyclists are wearing headphones. We’re all busy texting, talking, or browsing on our smart phones. It’s a recipe for disaster.
Look right. Look left. Put the smartphone down. Slow down – there’s plenty of time when you think about it. Tomorrow, try leaving five minutes earlier for school. Make a point to give yourself a little extra time. It’s amazing what just a few minutes will do. This is your chance to breath a little deeper, look a little longer, and listen a little closer.
Make tomorrow a safer commute day!