BACK TO SCHOOL
SAFETY TIPS FOR DRIVERS, BICYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 is back-to-school day for Tamalpais High School, with the Mill Valley elementary and middle schools beginning their sessions on Thursday, August 29, 2013. The Mill Valley Police Department urges all drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians to be careful, slow down and be watchful of others around you.
Whether you live in a city or a small town, drive a car, take a bus or ride a train, at some point in the day, everyone is a pedestrian. Pedestrians were one of the few groups of road users to experience an increase in fatalities in the United States for 2011 with a total of 4,432 deaths and 69,000 injuries. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx states: “We all have a reason to support pedestrian safety, and now everyone has new tools to help make a difference.” Secretary Foxx is referring to the launch of a one-stop safety site by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that has safety tips and resources for those involved in pedestrian safety. There are also six grants being offered to twenty-two focus cities (San Francisco, CA is included) that have experienced pedestrian deaths greater than the national average. A recent Los Angeles Times story stated that the rise in pedestrian deaths may be due to texting while walking. http://articles.latimes.com/2013/aug/05/nation/la-na-pedestrian-safety-20130806.
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On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic crashes. (Traffic Safety Facts, NHTSA, 2011)
Deborah Cole of Marin County's Street Smarts program suggests residents check out the Safe Routes to Schools website for safety resources for bicyclists, pedestrians (walking buses), and drivers (car pools) at http://www.saferoutestoschools.org/. And residents can go to the Street Smarts website to take the Safe Driving Pledge www.streetsmartsmarin.org.
The Mill Valley Police Department would like to offer the Dangerous Driver letter in case residents see (and want to report) bad and/or dangerous driver behavior around schools.