SafeKidsWalk-600x491In 1999, Safe Kids and FedEx created Walk This Way to bring national and local attention to safety issues. In New York State, Safe Kids have their event Walk This Way every year in October. This event is held throughout the five boroughs to educate and bring awareness to children and parents regarding bicycle and pedestrian safety.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , In 2012, more than one in every five children between the ages of five and 15 who were killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.

This year’s event was attended by Sheila Antwi, Injury Prevention Coordinator. Ms. Antwi, collaborated with Catherina Blotiau (Safe Kids Coordinator) and recreated a street intersection at Public School 40 in Queens, New York to educate third graders on pedestrian safety. Students had a chance to participate and learn how to correctly walk a crosswalk and how to read and understand hand signs and traffic signals including, understanding stop signs and railroad crossings.

The ultimate goal of the Trauma Division is to maintain a healthier and much safer lifestyle through educating individuals with preventable measures.