US vehicle crashes involving child pedestrians declining
Although motor vehicle crashes remain a leading cause of death for U.S. children, rates of crash fatalities involving kids on bikes or on foot continue to decline each year, researchers say. Based on 2000-2014 data from 26 states, crashes declined by 40% for child pedestrians and 53% for child cyclists, they found. Noting that the decreases varied from state to state, the authors report in Injury Prevention that steady decline was seen in every state. They give some of the credit to federal and local programs such as Safe Routes to School.
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