On average, 67,124 pedestrians under the age of 19 are injured every year in the U.S. resulting in 704 deaths. With Halloween -- the most dangerous day of the year for child pedestrians  -- right around the corner, this Children's Safety Network webinar will explore what drives these numbers and what can be done to prevent pedestrian injuries. Heidi Coleman and Kristie Johnson from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will describe trends in pedestrian injuries and fatalities and discuss Safer People, Safer Streets, the U.S. Department of Transportation's new action plan to enhance pedestrian and bicycle safety. Participants will also hear from Holly Sisneros of the California Department of Public Health's PedSafe program, which aims to create walkable communities through training, education, and outreach. Recognizing that pedestrians who text are nearly four times more likely than undistracted pedestrians to display unsafe crossing behavior, PedSafe provides a number of tools and guides to raise awareness about and prevent these injuries in your community. Learning Objectives:1. Understand the burden of pedestrian injuries among children and adolescents ages 0 through 192. Learn about the U.S. Department of Transportation’s new action plan to prevent injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists3. Find out about PedSafe’s tools for raising awareness and creating a pedestrian safety initiative in your community. Sources:1. WISQARS. (2005-2010). Fatal Injury Data. WISQARS (p. Accessed July 29, 2013 by R. Willmer). Atlanta, GA. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/fatal.html2. Sperling, 2012: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/56790-state-farm-halloween-pedestrian-child-safetyLaxton, 2012: http://www.bestplaces.net/docs/studies/halloween_deadliest_day.aspx3. Thompson, L. L., Rivara, F. P., Ayyagari, R. C., & Ebel, B. E. (2012). Impact of social and technological distraction on pedestrian crossing behaviour: An observational study. Injury Prevention Journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention. doi:10.1136/injuryprev-2012-040601
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