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Author Topic: Residential streets most dangerous to kids, says Safe Kids Canada  (Read 1917 times)

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A new review of child pedestrian research from
Safe Kids Canada demonstrates that our residential streets may be more
dangerous for children than we think. More child pedestrian injuries take
place on residential roads than anywhere else, and the danger is greatly
increased as speed increases.
    Child pedestrian incidents are a leading cause of injury-related death
for Canadian children under the age of 14. A staggering 2,412 children are
seriously injured each year and approximately 30 are killed. The average child
pedestrian who is killed in Canada is male, between the ages of 10 and 14 and
was crossing the street at an intersection within 5 kilometers of his home.
Most incidents occur between 3 - 6 pm when many Canadians are driving home
from work. This data was reviewed by Safe Kids Canada and its expert advisors,
and unveiled today as part of the kickoff of Safe Kids Week.

http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/May2008/26/c4139.html

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Here is another interesting article on the topic

As children grow and develop, there are significant changes in their level of co-ordination and judgment abilities. As a result, children under the age of nine, no matter how mature they appear, may not be able to judge if a situation is safe, especially if they are nervous or distracted.

Children are not miniature adults…
http://www.bclocalnews.com/okanagan_similkameen/vernonmorningstar/lifestyles/19415994.html

 

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