On October 7 this year, 4,695 schools across the nation participated in Walk to School Day. This year, 428 schools were holding walking events and pedestrian education campaigns across Florida.
The Florida Department of Transportation and Alert Today Florida teamed up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to help promote pedestrian and bicycle safety across the greater Tampa Bay area.
This year’s event was a great success as the children learned not only how their parents contribute to FDOT, but also how the state transportation system is designed, maintained, and coordinated.
As of January 1, 2015, children five years old and younger in Florida are required to be secured by child seat restraints when traveling in a motor vehicle.
Over 105,000 students at 400 schools across Florida walked to school as part of FDOT’s promotion of International Walk to School Day. Students wore bright, reflective clothing, backpacks, wristbands and stickers and learned safe walking skills like using crosswalks.
As part of Child Passenger Safety Week, FDOT’s Safety Office teamed up with Florida’s certified child passenger safety instructors/technicians as well as law enforcement to help keep kids safe while riding in a vehicle.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is encouraging State of Florida employees to sign-up to receive AMBER and Missing Child Alerts.
This year, several FDOT districts observed National Bring Your Child to Work Day. Bridges were built, wildflowers were planted, traffic was discussed, and safety was practiced by children across the state.
FDOT’s Safety Office recognized the hard work and dedication of those individuals who perform a vital service protecting Florida’s schoolchildren across the state as they facilitate their safe journey to and from school.
August in Florida signals back to school. Familiarize your children with these back to school safety tips if they are walking or biking to and from school on their own this year.