Advocates of child safety are spreading the message of safe driving throughout New York following traffic accidents that left children with serious and fatal injuries.
In New York City, the Transportation Alternatives Queens Activist Committee took to the streets recently to hand out fliers and speak about safe driving after a car jumped a curb in Maspeth and seriously injured five students walking to middle school. The driver said he hit the gas instead of the brakes while he was parking.
In Tonawanda, after a car hit two kids on bikes — killing one and severely injuring the other — AAA and local law enforcement teamed up to promote safe driving. The effort highlighted AAA’s annual “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign.
AAA offers these tips to drivers:
- Give yourself enough time to get to your destination.
- Eliminate distractions while driving, including cell phones, iPods and radio.
- Slow down in school zones.
- Stop for school buses and at stop signs.
- Pay attention to your driving and the road.
Drivers must be especially alert when children are present because, as Sheriff Tim Howard told YNN Buffalo, “The one predictable thing about children is they’re going to do what’s unpredictable.”
AAA also offered rules of the road for parents to pass along to children
- Walk on sidewalks except when you are crossing the street. Cross only at corners or designated crosswalks. Stop and look all ways before crossing. Look out for turning cars.
- Walk on the left, facing traffic.
- Avoid crossing between parked cars, where oncoming vehicles might not see you.
- Do not play near traffic.
- Pay special attention in bad weather, when drivers might find it hard to see or to stop quickly.
It takes effort from everyone — pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers and law enforcement officers — to make streets safer.
If you or a family member has been injured because of someone’s negligent driving, you need a skilled New York City car crash lawyer on your side. The attorneys at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., have extensive experience representing people who have been seriously injured in car accidents. Send us a quick message today.