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What are some of the best ways to increase a child’s safety while walking to school?

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Children are the most innocent among us and should be protected as best as possible, especially on their way to and from school—where they learn. However, making the walk to school safer for children takes effort from several different parties, including cities, counties, school districts, neighborhoods, parents, and children.

There are several things these different groups can do to help prevent Georgia pedestrian accidents and make the walk to school safer.

Schools can work with cities and counties on the following issues in and around school zones:

  • Need to provide well-maintained sidewalks and walkways for children
  • Ensure walkways are continuous and don’t abruptly end
  • Should slow traffic near schools using speed bumps, posted speed limits, and other traffic enforcement efforts
  • Make sure there are pedestrian signals and curb ramps at each intersection
  • Ensure that crosswalks are clearly painted and marked for drivers to identify
  • Cut back bushes and objects that could be obstructing stop signs

Parents can work with their children on the following:

  • Stopping at the curb and looking for traffic
  • Looking left-right-left (both ways) before crossing a street
  • Crossing only in a marked crosswalk
  • Sticking to the path picked out by parents
  • Watching out for cars at driveways
  • Obeying pedestrian signals and school crossing guards

While cities, schools, parents, and children can do their best to keep children safe and minimize their chances of a Georgia pedestrian accident and injury, sometimes drivers are distracted or reckless at the wheel. If a driver causes your child’s injuries, contact a skilled Peachtree City pedestrian injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at 770.487.8999 today for a free consultation to find out about your rights.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia