Sent on 3/29/2013 8:51:06 AM
There are currently 81.5 million schoolchildren enrolled in school in the US. Creating safe routes for children as they go to and from school each day is a fundamental goal. Traffic in and around schools can be heavy and drivers often don’t notice the lower speed limits in effect. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic accidents that involve pedestrians are most likely to occur between the hours of 6 - 9 a.m. and 3 - 6 p.m. – the hours when students are traveling to and from school. The Pima County Sheriff’s Department has conducted High Intensity School Zone Enforcement previously and will continue with this effort. Traffic participants are reminded of the special requirements in school zones and around school buses. Deputies will be deployed to school zones for this project. The high intensity enforcement will begin April 1, 2013 and continue through April 12, 2013. Nationwide an estimated 70,000 pedestrians were injured (2010 statistics), 14,000 of those injured were age 14 and younger, and males accounted for 57 percent (8,000) of those 14,000 injured according to NHTSA. Be extra careful when approaching and/or travelling through school zones and pay attention to children in the area. Remember that children may react unpredictably and suddenly turn or run into the roadway.