With warmer weather and the approaching end of the school year, children and adolescents have more opportunity to be outside and travelling.
Next week is Global Road Safety Week. Globally, road traffic crashes are the world’s leading cause of death
for children and young adults (ages 5-29 years old). In 2019, 1,053 children
ages 14 and younger died in a motor vehicle traffic crash (an incident involving one or more motor vehicles in transit on a public trafficway) the United States. More than 3 in 4
pedestrian injuries in children and adolescents are related to motor vehicle traffic. Below are recommendations for road safety from CSN resources:
- Bicycle Safety
- Bicyclists of all ages should wear properly fitted bike helmets every time they ride.
- Child Passenger Safety
- Children should always be buckled in age-appropriate car seats, booster seats and seatbelts.
- Child Pedestrian Safety
- Children should be taught to look both directions before crossing the street and pay attention to sidewalks, crosswalks, and traffic signals.
- Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke
- Set up a reminder system to check the back seat prior to exiting and never leave a child alone in a vehicle.
- Teen Driving Safety
- Ensure teens have sufficient driving experience and follow the Graduated Driving Licensing laws in their state.
See the Highlight section below for more information on child pedestrian safety and our new infographic
Resources and research on these topics are included in this newsletter. Resources from our Children's Safety Now Alliance partners are highlighted in purple.
Please widely share these resources with your networks.
Jennifer Leonardo, PhD
Children’s Safety Network Director