International walk your child to school day

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Greater Cincinnati Safe Kids Coalition members and local volunteers will teach children pedestrian safety and conduct a safety assessment of the streets surrounding Phoenix Community Learning Center and Lincoln Heights Elementary.

This event is part of "International Walk Your Child to School Day," an international effort promoting pedestrian safety. After children arrive safely at school, parents and children who participate in the event will attend a special presentation where they will learn the basics of pedestrian safety including:

-Look left-right-and left again before crossing the street.

-Do not enter the danger zone (10 feet on all sides of the school bus)

-Understand and obey traffic signals and signs.

Pedestrian injury is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 5 to 14.  Motor vehicle crashes account for approximately 80 percent of all childhood pedestrian deaths, with children ages 5 to 9 at highest risk.

Children are especially vulnerable to pedestrian death because they face traffic threats that exceed their cognitive, developmental, behavioral, physical and sensory abilities.

The majority of motor vehicles in school zones exceed the speed limit. The prevalence of speeding around schools, where safety measures exist, suggests that drivers are even more neglectful in residential areas.

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