According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, thirty percent of children ages <1 year to 24 years of age, die each year are killed in a motor vehicle crash. Schools are responsible for the safety of their students once they enter the school grounds and some parents would argue the school is responsible even before the child enters the school grounds.
Most schools have developed plans to deal with many types of emergencies, most commonly the fire drill. The same level of planning
should be applied to developing a traffic safety plan for the school. The strategies for improving traffic safety within the school grounds can be developed solely by school staff, but we have found parent involvement to be very helpful in creating and implementing the plan. A sound traffic safety plan will have the following components:
1. Documenting existing traffic conditions.
2. Strategies for minimizing the interaction between students and moving vehicles.
3. Strategies for minimizing the traffic impacts of school generated traffic on the local street system.
4. Strategies for increasing the visibility of students when they are required to mix with vehicles.
5. Strategies for slowing down traffic when students are near vehicles.
6. Strategies for controlling the arrival and departure of students.
7. Educating students about traffic safety.
Each post fleshes out one of these seven components of an effective school traffic safety plan.