Navigation Links
Traffic Safety Should Be Among First Lessons in New School Year
Date:9/2/2011

FRIDAY, Sept. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Traffic safety should be among a child's first lessons for the new school year, experts suggest.

Each year in the United States, more than 25,000 pedestrians aged 5 to 14 are injured, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Kids who are struck by cars are among the most severely injured children we see in the emergency department. Because of their height, when a car hits a child, the impact is to the head and torso. This puts the brain and internal organs at risk for serious injuries," Dr. Michelle Macy, a clinical lecturer of emergency medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, said in U-M Health System news release.

Now is the time to educate children about pedestrian safety.

"Parents should be proactive and take the time to talk about safety with their kids before they head back to school," Amy Teddy, injury prevention program manager at the U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, said in the news release.

"It's recommended that parents walk the route to school with students before the start of the [school] year to assess hazards and select a course with the least number of traffic crossings," she advised.

"It's also important to remember that school-age children don't have the ability to judge distances or speed, so they are more likely to try to cross a street when a car is too close to stop in time."

The U-M experts recommend that children always cross the street with an adult until age 10, that they cross the street at corners and crosswalks only, that they use paths and sidewalks, and -- if there are no sidewalks -- that they walk facing traffic.

The experts also noted that distracted drivers are the cause of many pedestrian injuries. They urged drivers to slow down, eliminate discractions and be especially alert in school zones and residential areas.

More information

Safe Kids Worldwide offers pedestrian safety tips.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of Michigan Health System, news release, Aug. 26, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Advanced CT with 3-D scanning improve detection of drug trafficking and other contraband smuggling
2. Traffic accidents linked to increased risk of chronic widespread pain
3. What doctors (and patients) can learn from air traffic controllers: Whats that you say
4. Strategy discovered to prevent Alzheimers-associated traffic jams in the brain
5. Giant Crayon Sweepstakes Giveaway Helps Businesses Increase Traffic for Back to School Promotions
6. ESC supports traffic light food labeling vote
7. Traffic Logix Solutions Protect Doctors and Patients at Northeastern Hospitals
8. Traffic density and increased BMI linked
9. Traffic Seems to Make Kids Asthma Worse
10. Chiropractic Traffic CEO Matt Prados Releases the Easiest and Fastest Free Chiropractic Marketing Method Known to Man
11. Schools Near High-Traffic Areas Increase Kids Asthma Risks
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Traffic Safety Should Be Among First Lessons in New School Year
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... As a former television executive, ... demanding job, and no time to decompress, Rabinowitz found herself drawn to a casual ... for its impact on her life, implementing a 20-minute-per-day meditation practice with her team. ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... ... at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital on April 5-7. The series is a ... create new habits. The workshops cover a broad range of topics, including coaching ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... Vegas, NV (PRWEB) , ... February 12, 2016 , ... ... North Las Vegas Mayor John J. Lee, Nevada Military Support Alliance president Scott Bensing, ... Fisher House at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System. This will be the ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... ... Vail knee specialist Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD was named one of ... of physicians establishing, leading and partnering with ambulatory surgery centers across the United States. ... also known as an ASC, is a modern health care facility focused on providing ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... , ... Donor Network West, the organ procurement organization that heals lives through ... Ramon Regional Medical Center. Under the collaboration, the first of its kind, specific organ ... more certain time frame for donor families for the recovery of organs. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/12/2016)... 12, 2016  Sequent Medical, Inc. announced today that ... evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the WEB™ Aneurysm ... intracranial aneurysms.  Prof Laurent Spelle , MD, Head ... Paris, France and Principal Investigator of the ... France and Germany.  Although patients with ruptured ...
(Date:2/12/2016)...  Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY ) today ... disodium) vitamin regimen patent would not presently be infringed by ... , Italy and ... with dextrose solution.  --> ... Appeal held that Lilly,s patent would be indirectly infringed by ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... Carolina , 12 februari 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... (AAI/CML), een toonaangevende leverancier van productie en ... biotechnologische industrieën, kondigt vandaag een uitbreiding aan ... op haar locatie in Charleston, ... heeft geleid tot meerdere recente investeringen. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: