Back to School

Back to School

School supplies are bought and backpacks are ready. One more step is for families to decide how their kids will get to school.

Distractions and Walking

More than 61 child pedestrians are injured every day severely enough to seek medical attention. More than 500 children are killed every year in the U.S. Interestingly, the most at-risk age group has shifted since 1995 when 5-9 year olds sustained the most injuries, to today when teens are at greatest risk. The death rate among older teens is now twice that of younger children.

One suspected cause of this disturbing trend is distraction, since the increase in teen injuries seems to correlate with the prevalence of cell phone use, both among walkers and drivers. To read the study on Teens and Distraction, click here.

With approximately 75 percent of 12-17 year-olds owning cell phones, it’s important to talk to your children about putting phones away and paying attention when walking.

Safe Walking Tips

For pedestrian safety tips, visit our Pedestrian Safety page.

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School Bus Safety Tips

School buses are, by far, the safest way for kids of all ages to get to and from school. School buses are designed with safety features different than regular passenger vehicles. Be sure to explain this to your child so they understand why on a school bus they may not be buckling up with seat belts.

More children are killed or injured crossing the street at bus stops than riding on a school bus, so teach your children about the 10-foot danger zone around the school bus, where the driver can’t see children on the ground. Look to the bus driver for an "OK" sign before crossing.

Safe Kids Kansas also reminds drivers to obey state laws that prohibit passing a stopped school bus.

Click here for more school bus safety tips.

Riding Bikes to School

Whether out of necessity or for fun, many children choose to ride their bikes to school. Unfortunately, bicycles are the most common sport/recreational product involved in injuries among five to 14-year olds. 

To keep your cyclists safe, visit our Bike and Wheeled Sports page.

Driving Children to School