Some of America’s leading traffic safety organizations, members of Congress, and the United Nations are teaming up to declare “The Decade of Action” throughout the month of May according to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. May 11, 2011 was the official kick-off as we posted previously on our North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog but the entire month of May will be spent advocating for traffic safety throughout the United States.
The launch of the 10-year international “Decade of Action” campaign coincides with National Youth Traffic Safety Month and the release of Safe Routes to School – Noteworthy Practices Guide. Our car accident lawyers in Winston-Salem know that child safety is a priority for North Carolina parents so designing efficient programs which involve walking and biking is an important part of keeping them free from danger on their way to school and other summer activities.
The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program is meant to get children active while promoting safety on city streets and sidewalks within different communities throughout the state. There are four target areas in the program:
-Safety: Aims to reduce speeds in school zones, build and design safer sidewalks and bike paths, educate kids and parents about pedestrian and bicycle safety.
-Health: Aims to get children active for 60 minutes a day, energized and ready to learn at school and take an active role in being healthy.
-Community: Aims to build friendships within the neighborhood, promote safe driving around schools, and enhance parent and adult involvement at school and within the community.
-Choice: Opts to choose walking or bicycling over driving to school to promote less traffic, a more eco- friendly environment, and more energetic lifestyles.
“Like so many state transportation programs, there is no single, preferred way to a conduct a SRTS program,” said Barbara Harsha, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association. “The benefit of the guide is that it documents many different and creative approaches to SRTS implementation and provides valuable insights and resources for state SRTS coordinators and others.”
The North Carolina SRTS Partnership strives towards changing the habits of an entire generation through the help of North Carolina Department of Transportation and Transportation Mobility and Safe Division. The SRTS program has been federally funded and gained over $15.5 million during the period of 2005-2009.
For more information about who to contact in North Carolina for the SRTS program, click here to view coordinator information.
Getting children more active and maintaining healthier lifestyles is something all parents want for their kids. Keep our youth safe by slowing down and being extra cautious on roadways where young children may be present.
The Lee Law Offices, P.A. are an experienced team of personal injury lawyers who represent victims and their families all over North and South Carolina. If you have been injured in a car accident, contact the firm for a free case evaluation at 1-800-887-1965.