Is your road safe for your kids to ride bikes on? Is it safe to take a walk on? Unfortunately, the answer for many children is a resounding NO. Motorists drive too fast, pay too little attention, and create generally unsafe conditions for kids.
And then there’s the issue of highway safety where drivers speed by ten, twenty, even thirty miles an hour over the speed limit (or more!).
This isn’t just an American issue; it’s an issue all over the world.
In the United States and around the world, trafficâ€“related injuries are the leading killer of children ages five to nineteen. In fact,Â more than five hundredÂ children die around the world in traffic crashes every single day. Tens of thousands more are injured.
The problem goes way past buckling up and using safe car seats, though those areÂ considerations. It includes driving slowly around schools and in areas where kids are walking or playing, making safe paths for kids to walk and ride bikes, and installing safety belts in buses.
Next month, the Third UNÂ Global Road Safety Week will take place as world leaders meet to discuss measure to keep our roadsÂ safe. The week will draw attention to the urgent need to better protect children on the roads around the world, generate action on the measures needed to do so, and contribute to the goal of reducing traffic-related fatalities by half.
Join with me to send a message that road safety is an important and worthwhile cause.
How You Can Help
First, read the Child Declaration for GlobalÂ Road SafetyÂ with your kids. It is short and in kid language, so they will understand.
Second, sign the declaration. InÂ signing it, you are making the call for safer roads for kids all around the world. This declaration will be delivered to policymakers during Global Road Safety Week.
Third, send messages â€“Â #Safies â€“ to policymakersÂ that road safety measures need to be implemented toÂ reduce traffic fatalities. Sending #Safies is easy. Just visit the Save Kids Lives page at Scholastic.comÂ andÂ download your own #Safies signboard. Snap a photo of your kids or yourself holding it, and share with the hashtags #SaveKidsLives and #Safies on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Message sent!
Last, share the declaration. Ask your friends and neighbors to sign it. Tweet it out and share with your Facebook friends.
Let’s make safe roads a priority for all children!
This post is sponsored by Scholastic and Save Kids Lives. All opinions are mine.
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