Study reveals dangers for kids while crossing the street

Research by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis found that children between the ages of 5 to 14 have the highest rate of accident and injury while crossing the street.
2:16 | 04/20/17

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We're in this together. That parenting alert about kids crossing the street. An important new study by researchers at the university of Iowa it using virtual reality, whoo, to explain why kids are significantly more vulnerable to accidents while navigating traffic and, T.J., that's why you're here, man. What did this study show about crossing streets. If you have a child under the age of 14. Not until 14 they start crossing the street like an adult would. Let me give you results. 6-year-olds in the simulation were hit by cars 8% of the time. 8-year-olds were struck 6%. 12-year-olds were struck by cars 2% of the time. Those seem like small numbers but huge and alarming to researchers. Why does this happen? It found that the kids these ages can actually find the gaps, they know that it's time to go but they're delayed -- they'll delay crossing the street. The other thing is a matter of motor skills. Play catch with a kid and throw the ball and it hits them in their chest and they close their hands. The timing is off and puts them at risk. Every time I cross my daughter does do that hesitation. How does that simulator work? This virtual reality technology that's everywhere, they didn't put the kids out in the street. The kid timing it out trying to figure it out and a lot race across the street and so this is what they did to them in this simulation. When we put adults in the simulation and, of course, adults know how to cross the street but kids were hesitant getting across there in we are all parents that fall into the 12 and under kid range. A little scary. What do parents out there need to know to keep them safe. Find a safe route. Walking anywhere to school, if it's longer, fine, there needs to be a safe route. Don't have them cross any street anywhere cars don't stop. Has to be a stop light or stop sign. Don't have them crossing in continuous traffic. You might need to call your local representative. You might need to touch base with folks in your community to ask them to say, hey, we need to set it up and have safe Zones and have parents on duty. Do not, the key, ever have them cross where there is continuous traffic? We talked about headphones. Don't let them wear those when walking -- And looking at your phone. Be careful out there, kids and, parent, look out for them.

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