Rhode Island State Police are urging motorists to be extra vigilant as students head back to school and are offering tips in an effort to create a safe travel environement.
“With thousands of children heading back to school, there will be a dramatic increase in the number of pedestrians and bicycles on the roads, especially near schools and bus stops,” said Col. Ann C. Assumpico, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and director of the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety. “We strongly encourage all motorists to use extra caution while driving in residential areas and school zones to help keep every student in Rhode Island safe.”
A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 301 school-aged children nationwide were killed heading to and from school between 2006 and 2015. One third of those victims were pedestrians.
NHTSA also reported nearly 6,000 pedestrian traffic fatalities in 2016, which was an increase of nine percent from the year before. That’s an average of one pedestrian fatality every 90 minutes. Of the 5,987 victims, 245 of them (four percent) were children.
Assumpico notes that four pedestrians have died in traffic crashes here in Rhode Island so far this year, down from 15 pedestrian fatalities in 2017. In addition, 29 pedestrians and 7 bicyclists suffered serious injuries as a result of motor vehicle crashes.
State police urge motorists to consider the following:
Tips for parents and children: