DEARBORN — Over 55 million children across the United States are heading back to school. With 13 percent of those school children typically walking or biking to school, AAA warns drivers to be especially vigilant for pedestrians and bicyclists during, before, and after school hours. The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous for walking children.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the highest percentage of fatalities among pedestrians under 15 occurred between 4 and 8 pm (42%). Additionally, pedestrians made up 14% of fatalities related to traffic crashes in 2012. This percentage has risen every year for the past six years including a 6% increase over 2011. More than one-fifth (22%) of all children under age 15 killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.