Jan 14, 2013 1:57 PM by NBC News

Improved safety near schools benefits pedestrians

Improving safety measures around schools reduces injuries among pedestrians.

Researchers looked at the number of pedestrian injuries and crashes around New York City schools after a federal program paid for new traffic lights, signals, speed bumps, and crosswalks.

After the improvements, the rate of pedestrian crashes among school-aged children decreased 33% overall and dropped 44% during school hours.

Injury and crash rates were unchanged in areas that did not get improvements, suggesting that expanding this program to other cities could help prevent these types of injuries.



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