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Keywords

Crashes, Morbidity, Mortality, Pedestrian, Pediatric, Trauma, WalkSafe

 

Authors

  1. Violano, Pina MSPH, RN-BC, CCRN
  2. Davis, Kimberly A. MD, FACS, FCCM
  3. Lane, Vivian MS, RN
  4. Lofthouse, Rebecca BSN, RN
  5. Carusone, Carla RN

ABSTRACT

The implementation of a pedestrian safety education program in public schools can change the knowledge and beliefs about safe pedestrian behaviors among students and their parents or caregivers with the goal of reducing morbidity and mortality of children. WalkSafe is a well-established, multiphase pedestrian safety intervention program. This program has been shown to improve pedestrian safety knowledge of school-aged children in kindergarten through grade 5 after receiving a 3-day educational curriculum. A reduction in pediatric pedestrian struck injuries is anticipated following program implementation in an urban area with significantly increased incidence of such injuries.