It’s difficult to avoid the steady stream of news related to motor vehicle collisions, including collisions with pedestrians and bicyclists. Against that backdrop, Aviva Canada recently conducted a national online survey of Canadians to gauge their knowledge and experience with road safety issues in Canada. Results show that nearly four in ten (37%) parents with school-aged children have witnessed a collision or near-miss involving a car in a school zone over the past twelve months. Of those incidents, close to three-quarters (70%) involved children.
According to the National Collision Database (Transport Canada), the highest number of child (0-14 years of age) pedestrian deaths occur during the back to school period of September and October. The highest number of child pedestrian injuries occur from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm during all months of the year. In order to prevent these injuries and deaths, drivers must be alert in school zones and slow down to the posted speed limit.
That’s why Aviva Canada in partnership with Parachute are making Canadian school zones safer, by specifically supporting St. Stephen Catholic School here in Stittsville through their Elementary Road Safety Program – www.takebackourroads.ca and Parachute’s parachute.ca/
Over the next three years through the Elementary Road Safety Program, St. Stephen Catholic School will receive a combination of dedicated support from Parachute, as well as $10,000 from Aviva for the purpose of recommending and developing infrastructural changes in the school zone.
Auto collisions, including those with pedestrians and cyclists, are the leading cause of pediatric injury and death globally, and Canadian children aged 5 to 14 have a greater risk of pedestrian fatality than any other age group.
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