Kids dart. Drive smart.
2015 Kids dart. Drive smart. yard signs are now available at Allen County Fire Stations and at Lutheran Hospital, in the south lobby. For questions about pediatric or adult trauma injury prevention, contact trauma services at (260) 435-2500.
In 2013, pedestrian injuries from being hit by vehicles tripled. More than 500 pedestrians were struck by vehicles in Allen County. Such injuries can be avoided. Reminding walkers and drivers to stay alert and eliminate distractions is one of the best ways to encourage safety in our neighborhoods.
Kids dart. Drive smart. 2015
BY THE NUMBERS
Child pedestrian injuries for ages zero to 19, in 2013
- More than 550 in Allen County
- More than 2400 in Northeastern Indiana
- More than 12,000 in Indiana
More than 900 children ages zero to 19 are killed as pedestrians each year in the U.S.
The most common time of day for school-aged children to be struck by a vehicle is between 3 and 8 p.m.
The Kids dart. Drive smart. campaign launched in June this year. Lutheran Children’s Hospital has sponsored the awareness campaign for the past seven years in an effort to remind drivers to slow down, particularly in neighborhoods, near schools and wherever children may be walking. Pedestrians are reminded to always cross the street at the corner, where visibility is better.
THINGS TO KNOW
- Children under age 10 have not developed many skills adults use to safely cross a street alone.
- Older children may have the depth perception but may lack some need critical thinking skills.
- Drivers must slow down and be alert in areas where children live and play.
- Put a sign in your yard to remind drivers to stay alert and avoid distractions while driving.
- Free yard signs are available at area Allen County fire stations-while supplies last.
- Lastly, please follow your city sign ordinance when placing signs in your yard, and please place signs so it appears the child is running into the street.
LCH acknowledges its Kids Dart. Drive Smart. Community partners - the City of Fort Wayne, the Fort Wayne Fire Department, 21 Alive, NBC 33, and 97.3 WMEE.
Pedestrian injury remains the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 5 to 14. When Indiana weather warms up in the spring, emergency departments and trauma units see a dramatic spike in childhood injuries. As the summer progresses, the number of injuries, while remaining high, decreases in number. But few people realize that "back to school" season results in a significant increase in child pedestrian and bicycle accidents. The majority of accidents occur between the hours of 3 and 8 p.m.
- Drive slowly and be alert in areas where children play and live, including driveways.
- Focus on driving and resist distractions.
- Watch for pedestrians when turning right at a light.
- Cross only at crosswalks or intersections, and cross with an adult if under age 10.
- Don't talk on a phone or text when crossing the street.
- Look both ways and listen before crossing the street.
- Use sidewalks.
The Kids dart. Drive smart. program is a proud partnership with Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.