Safe Kids continued to plan and implement an ongoing,
fire safety program to mobilize those at risk to take action.
Safe Kids North Central Florida, FedEx, City of Gainesville Bicycle/Pedestrian Program and Gainesville Fire Rescue educated at Idylwild Elementary on pedestrian safety and how to be safe around vehicles.
Safe Kids North Central Florida will join local school children and FedEx volunteers on Wednesday, Oct. 5 to raise awareness about pedestrian safety on International Walk to School Day. More than 250,000 children across the United States and nearly three million around the world will participate in the annual event to learn about walking safely and to encourage the creation of safe walking environments.
“On International Walk to School Day, parents and caregivers both teach and model safe pedestrian behavior,” said Director Debora Fulton of Safe Kids North Central Florida. “International Walk to School Day is the perfect opportunity for students to learn how to remain injury-free as they walk to and from school.”
Over a million people worldwide die on roads every year according to the World Health Organization. In May, the United Nations launched the Decade of Action for Road Safety to bring attention to this global epidemic. In the United States (US), according to the National Center for Health Statistics, road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among children ages 3 to 14. While the number of child pedestrians injured in traffic crashes are decreasing in the U.S., in 2009, more than 13,000 children, ages 14 and under went to the emergency room and 244 children died from pedestrian-related injuries.
In 1999, Safe Kids Worldwide and program sponsor FedEx created the Safe Kids Walk This Way Program in the United States to teach safe behaviors to motorists and child pedestrians and create safer, more walkable communities. This year will mark the twelfth yeah anniversary of the program and 189 Safe Kids coalitions and 400 schools across the country will hold more than 1000 local events at elementary schools to teach children how to walk safely and recognize pedestrian dangers.
“FedEx has developed highly advanced safe driving practices over the past 35-plus years, but we are committed to doing more. We helped create the Safe Kids Walk This Way program because we are dedicated to improving child pedestrian safety,” said Rose Flenorl, Manager of FedEx Global Citizenship. “Our team members work hand-in-hand with Safe Kids North Central Florida to teach children how to stay safer when they walk. Safe Kids North Central Florida does a wonderful job in our community and we look forward to supporting them as they make walking safer for everyone.”