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Kids Dart 2015

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.

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BY THE NUMBERS

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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

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  • 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.

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Pedestrian Injuries
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.

Motorists should:

  • 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.

Pedestrians should:

  • 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.

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Special thanks to:

The Kids dart. Drive smart. program is a proud partnership with Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

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LUTHERAN HEALTH NETWORK
BLUFFTON REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER | DUKES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL |
DUPONT HOSPITAL* | KOSCIUSKO COMMUNITY HOSPITAL* |
LUTHERAN HEALTH PHYSICIANS | LUTHERAN HOSPITAL* | MEDSTAT |
THE ORTHOPEDIC HOSPITAL* | REDIMED | REHABILITATION HOSPITAL* |
ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL*

*A physician owned hospital.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.

Working hand-in-hand with pediatricians and specialists, Lutheran Children's Hospital offers families expert pediatric medical care in an environment filled with imagination and color. The Lutheran Children's Hospital is located inside Lutheran Hospital at 7950 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46804
(260) 435-2699.

*ER wait times are door to clinical professional and can change quickly depending on the urgency of patients that arrive by ambulance. Lutheran Health Network provides care to patients with life-threatening illnesses first.

Lutheran Hospital is owned in part by physicians.

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