Safe School Zone Project
The Facts about Child and Teen Pedestrians
Each year in the United States, an average of 500 children ages 19 and under die from pedestrian-related injuries and more than 22,000 receive care in an emergency department. Since 2013, there has been a 13% increase in the pedestrian death rate for 12-19 year olds. Teens ages 15-19 make up about half of pedestrian fatalities.
In 2016, Safe Kids Worldwide conducted a large-scale observational study of 39,000 middle and high school students and 56,000 drivers. They found that distracted walking is on the rise; many high school and middle school students are wearing headphones or texting while walking. About 80% of students observed were crossing the street in an unsafe manner, and unsafe drop-off or pick-up was seen in nearly 1 in 3 drivers.
Our Project and Partners
With a generous grant from Safe Kids Worldwide, Safe Kids Greater Des Moines has been able to develop a wonderful partnership with the Dallas County Public Health department. Working together, we are focusing on preventing pedestrian injuries and fatalities within school zones.
Bringing together a stakeholders workgroup, we will plan, implement and evaluate a school zone infrastructure improvement project at the Adel-Desoto-Minburn High School in Adel, Iowa. This project is currently in its infancy and we hope to begin infrastructure improvements in late 2017.