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Students, city leaders celebrate International Walk to School Day

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Wednesday, Oct. 5 marks International Walk to School Day, and city leaders in Tucson are using it to shed light on some sobering statistics.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 40 children are hit by a car every day in the United States, and more than 16,000 children are hit by cars every year.

Road traffic injuries are the second-leading cause of death among children ages 5 to 14 worldwide.

These are the top reasons why:

  • Walking while distracted (using a phone or headphones)
  • Crossing in the middle of the block.
  • Walking at night in dark clothes.
  • Not watching out for careless drivers.
  • Walking in the road.
  • Not watching out for cars that are backing up.
  • Not looking out for the second car.

But some students are trying to change that.

Tucson city and business leaders, including Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, will join students at Whitmore Elementary School on the east side for their walk to school Wednesday.

Tucson News Now will be there to speak with students about how they stay safe on their commute. 

For information on how your child can stay safe walking to school, click here: http://tucsonne.ws/2dskZtG

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