Students from 27 districts across North Carolina are participating again this year in the month-long International Walk to School campaign that includes more than 3,200 schools across the country and 40 countries across the globe. This education and awareness effort began on Oct. 6, when students from around the world joined together to walk to school for the 14th year in a row.
Our North Carolina pedestrian accident attorneys support the goals of the campaign which include a traffic safety component and promote environmentalism and healthy choices children can make through physical activity.
The Wilmington Star News reported that Burgaw County Commissioners recently accepted $65,000 from the North Carolina DOT’s Safe Route to School program to improve and complete downtown sidewalks trafficked by Burgaw Elementary and Middle School students.
From 2005 to 2009, North Carolina has received more than $15.5 million in funding to promote, implement and sustain various Safe Route to School projects statewide. In September 2009 alone, the NC-DOT released more than $3.6 million to 22 districts seeking funding for new sidewalks, school-zone signage, bike racks, pedestrian-crossing signals, wheelchair ramps and crosswalk markings.
The NC-DOT reminds both parents and students that walking to school can be made safer just by following a few simple rules:
~ Before entering any roadway, stop and look in all directions – including behind you – before stepping onto the street. Obey all traffic signals and signs and use crosswalks when available.
~ Wait until there is no traffic to step onto a roadway and keep looking for traffic until you have safely crossed to your destination. WALK, don’t RUN, when crossing any street.
~ Whenever you can, make sure drivers can see you by making eye contact and being visible – wear bright colors, reflective gear and use a flashlight.
~ Map your route to avoid high-traffic/high-speed areas and limit the number of times you have to cross streets. When you can, chose a route that has a sidewalk or path, if possible, one that separates you from vehicle traffic.
The North Carolina pedestrian accident attorneys want you to know we are here to help. We hope that if you are involved in a serious car accident from Asheville to Charlotte to Gastonia to Winston-Salem you will call our Lee & Smith offices at 1-800-887-1965 or email us to schedule a free consultation to discuss your rights.