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Cars aren't the only things out there being hit by other cars.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were over 34,000 pedestrian fatalities last year in the United States.  As adults, we understand the basics when it comes to safety and walking and crossing our streets.  Our kids, however, can actually be quite vulnerable when they are outside near streets and traffic. They are full of energy, but they also sometimes lack judgment when it comes to walking or riding their bike.

Teaching children basic crosswalk rules and rules of the road are just some of the ways to keep our kids safe.   Safe driving is critical to keeping our communities and our children accident free.  We all have a role to play, whether you own a car, bike or just a good pair of shoes.

Here are 10 ways to help improve child pedestrian safety, whether you’re walking or driving:


Pedestrian safety is a serious issue. According to the Utah Driver Handbook, a pedestrian is a person on foot or who uses a conveyance such as skates, skateboard, et., other than a bicycle.  Pedestrian deaths occur in 17 percent of all traffic fatalities!  Considering how dangerous and deadly pedestrian accidents can be, it would seem logical that pedestrians always have the right of way.  This is FALSE, PEDESTRIANS DO NOT ALWAYS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY.

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