Safe Kids Worldwide and FedEx Work to Improve Road Safety
This is the last in a series of posts from the leaders of Safe Kids Worldwide affiliates around the world. After hearing from representatives of many Safe Kids affiliates outside the U.S., this final post is from Priti Gautam, the Safe Kids Worldwide Program Manager who works out of their headquarters’ location in Washington, D.C.
Priti Gautam, MPH
Program Manager, Safe Kids Worldwide
We know the numbers. Each year, 1.24 million people around the globe are killed from road traffic collisions and each day, 500 children are killed on the road. A staggering 90 percent of child road deaths happen in low and middle income countries. We also know that, with the right action, many of these deaths can be prevented.
This year, Safe Kids Worldwide and FedEx celebrated 15 years of making the roads a safer place for children. In that time, our multi-faceted Walk This Way program has reached more than 10 million children spanning 11 countries.
Together we continue to:
– improve infrastructure to make safer spaces for kids to walk and reduce traffic speeds around schools, including building sidewalks and speed bumps;
– provide pedestrian safety education to kids, their family members, and community members;
– learn directly from children and parents regarding their experiences with unsafe roads;
– successfully advocate for better laws around school zones.
I’ve had the privilege to be a program manager for Walk This Way for three years. One of the best parts of my job is partnering with people on the ground, hearing their stories and working together to tackle this issue of pedestrian safety head-on.
I’m inspired by the beautiful children I met in Vietnam, who helped advocate for a safer sidewalk around their school. They were previously walking to school along the edge of the biggest and busiest highway in Vietnam.
I’m motivated by the parents in Mexico City, who came together with policymakers and media for the launch of the Model School Zone project, which will revamp a five-way intersection near two large primary schools. Parents also began getting involved by volunteering to be crossing guards and helping guide the flow of traffic.
I’m honored to work with our passionate teammates at FedEx and to share just a few of their stories with you, which you can read here.
These stories represent thousands of dedicated people who teach us that success is possible in the fight to improve road safety. That we can make a difference for children no matter where they live. They inspire me every day to keep going and continue working until every kid is a safe kid. And I hope they inspire you, too.
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September 20, 2017
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