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Children are the most natural walkers among us, but particularly vulnerable in traffic as they lack experience. Each year, more than 1100 children under the age of 15 are killed on European roads and 100 000 are injured.

In Portugal 2008, 23 children under the age of fifteen died in road accidents, 7 of them in urban areas  and 16 outside the urban areas. The number of the injured children every year is even higher resulting different types of traumatic disabilities restricting their activities in society for the rest of their lives.

One of the age groups with highest share by percentage of pedestrian fatalities are children younger than 10 years of age. Boys under the age of 19 are up to two times more likely to die after being hit by a vehicle than girls in the same age group.

Cyclists fatalities have the highest share among children between 6 and 14 years of age. The percentages for these age groups are about twice as high as the average percentages for all age groups. - Safety Net (2009), The European Commission, Directorate-General Transport and Energy.

? Cyclists should never use their bicycles in the dark without at least proper safety reflectors visible to all directions!

The American College of Emergency Physicians have come to a conclusion in their studies that Halloween is the most dangerous day of the year for pedestrian injuries and deaths among children in USA. Holidays all together are dangerous times everywhere, especially when children are walking outdoors at night and sometimes in costumes which may reduce their visibility in the dark and having fun causes lack of observation on the other matters like on traffic around them.

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? Pedestrian Safety Reflectors are excellent devices for traffic safety, should be used by all school children walking from home to school and back during the dusk, dawn and dark, and by their parents who are also exposed to traffic during the dark.

? Look after the children with extra care especially in traffic when the daylight is reduced and during the dark by ensuring that the children have at all times a safety reflector in their possession; on their clothes, bags and bicycles, well visible to the front and back.

 

SAFETY WARNING

? Be aware that some brands of reflectors may look the same but would not pass the requirement for reflectivity and give a false sense of safety to  anyone who uses them.

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