Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian Safety

Definition: Pedestrian safety requires that children have safe places to walk and play, are properly supervised when they are in the vicinity of traffic, and learn to use caution when crossing streets.

Magnitude of the Problem: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2008:

  • Approximately 69,000 pedestrians were injured across the U.S; approximately 13,000 of those injured were age 14 and younger.
  • 4,378 pedestrians were killed; 207 were children age 14 and younger.
  • 43% of youth pedestrian fatalities were between the hours of 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

According to the American College of Emergency Physicians:

  • 49% of pedestrian fatalities occurred on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
  • January 1st (New Year's Day) and October 31st (Halloween) are the two most deadly days of the year for pedestrians.

Prevention: Strategies for improving pedestrian safety include:

  • providing safe places for children to walk and play,
  • better lighting,
  • clear sidewalks--including snow removal in the winter so pedestrians do not need to walk in the street, and
  • traffic calming techniques.

Traumatic Brain Injury among Children and Youth: Understanding TBI and One Model State Program

Reports of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) among adults, particularly in professional sports, are often in the news. But what about TBIs among children and youth? In 2012, an estimated 329,290 children (age 19 or younger) were treated in emergency departments (EDs) for sports and recreation-related injuries that included a diagnosis of concussion or TBI. From 2001 to 2012, the rate of ED visits for sports and recreation-related injuries with a diagnosis of concussion or TBI, alone or in combination with other injuries, more than doubled among children (age 19 or younger).

CSN Webinar
Feb 21 2019

Pedestrian Injuries: The True Terror of Halloween

Release Date: 
2013-10-23 00:00:00

Halloween is the deadliest day of the year for child pedestrian accidents according to a joint study that analyzed FARS data from 1990-2010. Over those 21 years, 115 child pedestrian fatalities occurred on Halloween, over double the average number of 2.6 fatalities on other days of the year. Particularly dangerous was the hour between 6:00-7:00 p.m., twilight in most states, when it’s more difficult to see children crossing the street.

National Center for Safe Routes to School

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Injury Prevention Links

Halloween Safety

The deadliest day of the year for child pedestrians is Halloween. On average, over two times as many child pedestrians die on Halloween compared to other days. Our Halloween Safety infographic has safety facts and tips to make sure you and your children have a safe and happy Halloween!

Print version with sources
High resolution PDF (for printing posters)

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CSN Infographic

Pedestrian Safety 2014 Resource Guide

CSN has produced this resource guide to provide a comprehensive, annotated list of resources for pedestrian safety. The resource guide is divided into eight sections: Data; Safe Routes to School; Pedestrian Safety for Preschoolers; Other Programs, Strategies and Campaigns; Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation; Policy; Research; and Distracted Walking. Each item in this resource guide includes a short description and a link to the resource itself.

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CSN Resource Guide

Walking Safe: Child Pedestrian Safety

Every year, an average of 67,124 child pedestrians are injured. 704 of those child pedestrians die. As it grows darker earlier, child pedestrians become harder to see. 36% of the deaths of children under 16 occurred between 3:00 and 7:00 PM. This infographic from Children's Safety Network covers deaths, risk factors, and more about child pedestrians.

Print Version of Walking Safe: Child Pedestrian Safety Infographic

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CSN Infographic

Traffic Safety Facts - Pedestrian (2010 Data)

In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 70,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the United States. On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic crashes. 

Click here for the fact sheet

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