Pedestrian Safety Facts

  • More than 39,000 children sustain nonfatal pedestrian injuries each year.
  • In 2005, there were 339 pedestrian fatalities in children ages 14 years and under. The year prior, 583 children died and nearly 70 percent of these
  • Deaths were motor vehicle-related traffic crashes
  • The maturity level of a child under 10 years of age makes him/her unable to correctly gauge the speed of vehicles putting them at greater risk for injury and death


Laws and Regulations

  • In 2005, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) was signed into law. The SAFETEA-LU includes the establishment of Safe Routes to School, a program with the goal of making it safer for children to walk or bike to school. The Safe Routes to School program aims to:
    1. Fix or improve sidewalks
    2. Execute traffic calming and speed reduction measures
    3. Improve pedestrian and bicycle crossings
    4. Conduct public education campaigns to encourage walking and biking to school.
  • State and local laws created to protect child pedestrians include:
    • Lower speed limits in residential areas
    • Protection of pedestrians in crosswalks
    • Providing pedestrian walkways
    • Prohibition of vehicles from passing school buses while loading and unloading passengers
    • Providing crossing guards and requiring pedestrians to not cross streets at locations other than designated crosswalks.

Safe Kids Washoe County
1155 Mill Street, H8
Reno, NV 89502
Phone: 775-982-6085

Monthly coalition meeting
Second Tuesday of the month
Noon at Denny's
205 E Nugget Ave.
Sparks, NV