​Child Safety is 
Everyone's Concern 

In the United States, more than 9,000 children die each year.  
(This is equivalent to 150 school buses of children each year).

More than 225,000 children are hospitalized annually. 

Almost 9 million children are treated for their injuries in hospital emergency departments (ERs) 
each year.

This is why the Safe Corridor Program needs you.

Please help us.  Just a few minutes of your time can make a difference in a child’s life.
When Should Your Child Walk to School Alone?

There is no federal law setting a legal age minimum before children can walk to school alone. For a law specific to your state, contact the school coordinator for that state's Department of Transportation. You may also want to contact the child’s school or district to determine if either has a policy that prohibits children under a certain age from walking to school alone.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safe Administration (NHTSA), children, even in the same grade, vary in their readiness to handle traffic situations, such as choosing a safe time to cross a street. In general, children are not ready to cross a street alone until age 10. 

Ideally parents are a central figure in their children's safety education. 

Parents have the best opportunities to effectively assess their individual child's skills and teach safe behavior in the course of daily life so they should be encouraged to participate in their child's safety education. 

It is less a matter of chronological age and more about whether children have demonstrated that they can safely walk and cross streets independently. 

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