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Posted on August 9, 2021 at 10:02 AM by Kristy Bansemer
In 2019, more than 6,200 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in the United States. The start of a new school year is a great time to think about pedestrian safety and ways you can be a better driver.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers the following tips to drivers to help make these numbers go down:
With school in session, more kids will be walking and biking before and after school. Did you know most vehicle accidents involving juvenile pedestrians occur in September and October?
In 2020, five pedestrian accidents occurred in Derby. So far this year, we have had four accidents. Let’s work together to keep that number as low as possible.
Talk to your children about how they are getting to and from school if walking or biking; identify the safest routes to take. Make sure your children use sidewalks, which reduces accidents by almost 90 percent. Please have them use crosswalks, and avoid distractions when walking.
I wish you a safe and healthy school year. If you have concerns about crosswalk and pedestrian safety, please reach out to the Derby Police Department by calling 788-1557.
Robert LeePolice Chief
Published in the Derby Informer on August 4, 2021.