I’ve said that phrase a bazillion times the past few years. Those with small boys will understand. As a personal injury attorney maybe I’m a little (actually a lot) more worried about car versus pedestrian accidents. I’ve handled a great number of cases where people walked across the street at the cross walk and not at the cross walk. In short, always cross at the cross walk, even if it means walking a few hundred feet out of your way.
The reason I mention this is a blog post that Attorney Michael Pines of California wrote. California has a new program called the “Safe Routes to School Program.” It’s a good idea. I don’t know of anything like it in Wisconsin.
In short Attorney Pines describes it as:
What the program intends to do is to create specific, easily accessible routes for children to walk to school with reduced dangers and hazards. The routes include smaller traffic flow, safety barriers between pedestrians and traffic, lower speed limits in these zones, and in some areas, the restriction of auto traffic altogether.
I don’t know what the cost of the program would be. But, in theory it sounds like a good idea. Maybe some generous foundation could fund this?