In a few days, students, parents, teachers, and community leaders in many Georgia neighborhoods will be walking to school in support of International Walk to School Day. While schools in our state already participated in the Georgia Walk to School Day event that was held on March 6, 2013, some local schools are also getting involved in this upcoming event on October 9, 2013.
When Georgia communities and thousands of children walk together to bring awareness to the health and safety benefits of walking to school, the following benefits are the result:
- Children have increased physical activity
- Children are taught pedestrian safety
- Safe routes are pointed out for children to use
- Officials can identify problems along school routes and correct them
These events have already helped to improve school walking routes, so that children can easily and safely walk to school and reduce their chances of Georgia pedestrian accidents. For example, the Safe Routes to School task force walked routes within two miles of Summerour Middle School—a Norcross, Gwinnett County school—and presented a plan for improving the following problems:
- Crosswalk lines don’t exist in places
- Certain sidewalks end
- Some sidewalks are broken
When everyone comes together to improve pedestrian safety for children, kids are less likely to be injured in a Norcross pedestrian accident. If your child suffered a pedestrian injury due to walking hazards or a negligent driver, please contact a qualified Georgia pedestrian injury lawyer at Shane Smith Law for a free consultation today at 770.487.8999 to learn more.