New Report Shows Dangers of Children Crossing the Street
New statistics released Friday by The American Academy of Pediatrics found being hit by a car is the third leading cause of death for children between the ages of 5-9.
Researchers looked at 1,075 pedestrians who injured by motor vehicles and taken to trauma centers between 2008 and 2011.
They found 44 per cent of children six and under were hurt darting into the street and 36 percent while crossing in the middle of the street.
For children ages 7-12, unsupervised activity accounted for 53 percent of the accidents. That figure rose to 88 percent among victims age 13 to 18.
According to the report, teens distracted by electronic devices are most at risk for pedestrian injuries and deaths.The Minnesota Department of Public Safety told us over a four- year period, 26 pedestrians under the age of 19, have died.