NEW YORK – As city children get back to school, they’ll be learning something new this fall regarding street safety.
A new educational initiative aimed at 300,000 children in the Big Apple will be taught to students in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades. Part of the mayor’s Vision Zero campaign, the new curriculum is called “Cross This Way” and it promises to educate children about safely crossing the street in many different scenarios.
The lesson plan, jointly put together by the city’s Education and Transportation Departments, includes this catchy hip-hop song and video that illustrates safe and proper ways to cross the street in New York.
A Manhattan car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says safety education is fundamental for young children but it’s no substitute for a lesson at home.
“Children look up to their parents and older siblings. It’s up to those individuals to lead by example in Manhattan,” car accident lawyer Steve Barnes said. “There have been so many accidents in New York involving young children and many of them could have been prevented if families taught children to look both ways before crossing the street.”
More than 1,000 youngsters under 17 were struck by cars across the city in 2015. Of those accidents, nine children were killed, the Department of Transportation said.
Manhattan car accident attorneys pinned-down some of the top causes of these crashes, many of which can be attributed to driver.
“Drivers are more distracted than ever in Manhattan and it has made the streets much more dangerous for children,” Barnes said. “Distracted driving is now a factor in more than half of our car accident cases and those negligent drivers can be held responsible for a child’s injuries.”
Teens can be distracted too, Barnes said. While smartphone usage is abundant in cars, more and more people – especially young teenagers – are texting and walking. To combat the bad habits, the DOT is teaming-up with city teachers to highlight the dangers of texting while crossing the street.
The lesson plan also aims to teach children to look both ways before crossing the street and promote helmet usage for children on bicycles, scooters and skateboards.
While these young pedestrians are learning to avoid accidents, Manhattan car accident lawyers say street safety is still the primary responsibility of New York’s drivers.
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