Driving on Anderson Hill Road in the past couple of weeks, I've noticed signs like this posted in yards. I think they are ingenious and a poignant reminder to everyone that we need to drive safely for the welfare of our children.
I did a little digging online and found the website where signs like this and similar merchandise (bumper stickers, hats etc.) are sold. From the website, I also found these alarming statistics:
Every day an average of 5 children are killed involving motor vehicle accidents making this the leading cause of death for children age 14 and younger in the United States. Equally shocking, approximately 65 child pedestrians are injured by motor vehicles each day.
Young children and the elderly are most vulnerable for pedestrian accident related injuries, and children under the age of 16 years are most likely to be struck by motor vehicles. When cars collide with pedestrians, there is a high potential for serious injury.
Pedestrian/motor vehicle accidents are a serious problem throughout the World. In the United States, about 5,000 pedestrians are killed and another 64,000 injured in motor vehicle accidents every year. Pedestrians account for one of every six traffic-related deaths. In addition, some 110,000 people walking or standing near a roadway suffer serious injuries each year. making this an undeniable problem for this Country and our children.
Together we can solve this problem, make a difference, and save lives of innocent children!
I applaud the residents on Anderson Hill Road who posted their signs and ask that each of you please take extra care and when driving through residential areas. Next week will mark the beginning of the school year and our kids will be at bus stops, walking to & from school, and playing outside with friends after school.
If you are still guilty of driving while talking on your cell without a hands-free device or *gasp* texting while driving, it's time to stop before someone gets hurt as a result of your actions. While I'm at it, it's also very important to take note of where all of the pedestrian crosswalks are located in town. Drivers are expected to come to a complete stop for pedestrians when they are at a crosswalk. (It's the law)
Let's make Bernardsville roads and neighborhoods safer for everyone!