Dear Friends in Traffic Safety,
Children face greater risk during fall and winter. As 2010 draws to an end, more motorists will find themselves driving to and from work in darkened conditions, both in the morning and the evening. Sadly, tragic news involving children will soon fill local newspaper headlines and television broadcasts. As fall fades into winter, the season is right for drivers to exercise extra caution during throughout residential areas and their daily commute.
Statistics show that children are at greater risk of being in a serious traffic accident after 3 p.m. during the fall and winter months. Extra-curricular activities often end near sundown and darkness can reduce perfect vision to just 20/50. The probability of a fatal crash is three times higher between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m., researchers say.
Do your part to Keep Kids Alive during the dark months ahead. Drivers should inspect their vehicle to ensure that headlights are in proper working order, and keep windshields clear of debris that could limit visibility. Parents can remind their children to walk in groups, use sidewalks whenever possible and to cross the street only at a crosswalk.
By following these simple steps, you're doing your part to keep children out of accident news today and into 2011."
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