Monday, December 20, 2010
According to a December 5, 2010 article in the Washington Examiner by Christie Findlay, a study recently released by the Royal Holloway University in London found that primary school children cannot accurately gauge the speed of a vehicle traveling faster than 20 miles per hour. Researchers found that adults can usually judge speeds for vehicles traveling up to 50 miles per hour. The study noted that the problem wasn’t that children weren’t paying attention, but rather with their visual perception.
According to Safe Kids USA, motor vehicle crashes and pedestrian-related incidents are among the leading causes of death to children. That’s why it is so important to educate children about the safest ways to cross the street.
For information on pedestrian safety, go to the County’s website. The website also includes a StreetSmart demonstration about the importance of stopping distances that include a child mannequin named “Bobby.”