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11 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Pedestrian Safety This Month

Traffic crashes involving pedestrians are far too common and our children are especially vulnerable. While we may not be able to control drivers on the road while our children are walking, we can teach our children to be as safe as possible and do their part to make our streets safe. Of course, teaching your kids anything can be difficult, so we've compiled 11 tips for pedestrian safety education that you can implement into your daily routine right now.

On Walking and Talking on the Phone

Since the advent of cell phones, people have started using their walking time as an opportunity to chat on the phone. This phenomenon has become an epidemic. Now, at any given moment outside my law office in downtown San Francisco, I see more pedestrians interacting with their phones than with other people. Some are talking. More are texting or e mailing or instagraming.

Another Pedestrian Killed on Van Ness in S.F.

Earlier this week, I wrote about 'Vision Zero,' San Francisco's admirable goal to reduce pedestrian fatalities to zero over the course of the next ten years. The initiative couldn't come at a better time. This past year had the highest pedestrian death toll (21) since 2007. And just last night, a tragic hit-and-run on Van Ness and Pacific resulted in the city's third fatality of 2014.

Two Major Pedestrian Accidents in San Francisco Last Week

Two separate pedestrian accidents last week resulted in the death of a 91-year-old woman and head trauma and other bodily injuries for a 15-year-old boy. Both victims were hit while crossing San Francisco streets, one in Pacific Heights and the other in the Sunset district.

Pedestrian Death Toll Rises as S.F. Adopts 'Vision Zero'

The SFMTA may want to curb pedestrian fatalities on San Francisco city streets, but does it have what it takes to actually institute real change? The 'Vision Zero' plan, which the city has just adopted, seeks to eliminate pedestrian and cyclist deaths altogether by 2024. It's a lofty goal, to be sure, and one that everyone can jump on board with. But what needs to happen in order for the initiative to be a success?

Uber Update: New Lawsuit Centers on App Use

The family of Sophia Liu, who was hit and killed on New Year's Eve in San Francisco by Uber driver Syed Muzaffar, 57, of Union City, is filing a wrongful death suit against the ride-sharing company. The lawsuit reportedly claims that the driver's use of the Uber app on his phone was a distraction and a contributing cause of the accident.

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