National Organizations for Youth Safety shares information about youth traffic safety – and what we can do to improve it.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, including pedestrians and bicyclists. And older teens account for half of all pedestrian deaths among children.
Distracted driving – as well as distracted walking – is one of the most serious problems in youth traffic safety today. Distractions include phones and other electronic devices, other passengers, eating, grooming or anything else that takes your focus off the road.
Parents need to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. Kids are watching adult driving behaviors before they are even ready to drive. Buckle up, wear a helmet, put down the phone, look both ways, and follow the rules of the road. Leading by example is one of the best, and most effective, ways to teach a child to be safe.
Teach teens to speak up! Peer advocacy can be highly effective in making a cultural change.
For more information about youth traffic safety, contact Safe Kids Grand Forks at firstname.lastname@example.org. Altru Health System is proud to serve as the lead agency for Safe Kids Grand Forks.