Hello Friends! Happy day after Labor Day. I hope you were able to get in some R & R! Hmmm, maybe instead of Rest and Relaxation, we should change it to Rest and Reading! Ha!
Today, it’s back to school for a lot of us. My high school is located on a very busy stretch of road, particularly when kids are being dropped off and picked up. Every year, we are concerned about the safety of our students.
Yesterday, I read an article talking about teen safety when crossing streets. The article stated how we mistakenly assume we’re safe when on a crosswalk. Of course, crosswalks increase our safety odds, but statistics paint a grim picture.
“Pedestrian injury rates have increased by 25 percent over the past five years among teens ages 16 to 19, according to Safe Kids, with that age group now representing about half of all pedestrian deaths for children and adolescents.” Safe Kids Worldwide as told to CBS News (Click here for full article.)
When a study was conducted watching crosswalks, it was found that one in five students were distracted by electronic devices when crossing, thus greatly increasing their chances of getting hit. (See above article.)
There’s a growing campaign to raise our awareness of the dangers of texting while driving. It appears that we need to extend awareness to limiting electronic devices when walking across streets.
So… if you’re a teen, please observe Safe Kid’s “Moment of Silence” when crossing the street. We adults can observe that same moment and also urge the teens we love to unplug when they’re crossing streets. Let’s keep our teens safe!
I’d love to know your thoughts on the subject. Please leave me a comment below.
And as always, thanks for stopping by!