The Montgomery County Department of Transportation has recently sought the help of local teenagers as part of a new initiative to promote pedestrian safety among youth. Throughout his time serving as a Montgomery County Executive, Isaiah Leggett has focused on the issue of pedestrian safety, and it’s importance throughout the county. His most recent endeavor has emphasized pedestrian safety in parking lots, the sites for so many unnecessary accidents.
Safe Kids Worldwide has released statistics that show that one-out-of-five high school admitted to crossing the street while distracted. In most cases, these distractions include using headphones or texting. The 2013 report showed that older teens within the 16 to 19 age group account for half of all pedestrian deaths among those under the age of 20. The age bracket also has seen a 25 percent increase in pedestrian injuries over the last five years, as well.
So, MCDOT is asking teens to help be a part of the solution to the problem. By working through local high schools, teams of students in groups of two or more can earn up to $2,000 for creating, designing, and implementing an education program at their individual schools as part of the “Walk Your Way” campaign. By utilizing the teenage population, pedestrian safety education programs can be more effectively geared toward the unique needs of each individual school.
In order to qualify for the grant, each team will have until the end of April 2014 to complete the project.
This is not the first occasion where MCDOT has offered such initiatives. Blair High School and Seneca Valley High School have also recently participated in similar efforts to promote pedestrian safety among their respective students.
At Lewis & Tompkins, we’ve seen too many unfortunate cases centered on pedestrian accidents. In many of these instances, serious, if not fatal, injuries resulted from collisions between automobiles and people. If you’ve been injured in a Montgomery County pedestrian accident, we may be able to help. Call us today at 202-296-0666 to schedule your free case evaluation.