Posted on October 3, 2012 at 5:16 AM
Wednesday, Oct 3 at 9:40 AM
AUSTIN -- Hundreds of Austin-area students walked to school on Wednesday to mark the 13th annual International Walk to School Day.
The event is coordinated by a group called Safe Kids Austin to raise awareness among students and drivers about pedestrian safety.
“It is one thing to tell students about pedestrian safety, but by walking with them on International Walk to School day, we can show them proper behaviors and give them the tools to be safer pedestrians,” said Safe Kids Austin Program Coordinator Tareka Wheeler.
Traffic injuries remain the leading cause of death among children between three and 14 years old according to the National Center for Health Statistics. More than 500 children are killed every year.
On Wednesday volunteers with Safe Kids Austin and FedEx, along with district and city leaders like AISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen and Councilman Mike Martinez, walked with students from a shopping center on Airport Boulevard to Govalle Elementary School. During the walk they planned to look for unsafe intersections and places where sidewalks are needed.
“No child should be put in danger simply because they are walking to school or around their neighborhood,” said Wheeler.