City Observer 25 August 2011

According to psychologist Wray Herbert, getting hit by a car is the third leading cause of death for children 5- to 9-years-old, and children up to age 15 make up a disproportionate number of pedestrian casualties worldwide. It’s not hard to think of reasons for this frightening statistic: Children are easily distracted and don’t always pay attention, and they are also smaller, so they’re more likely to sustain fatal injuries when they are hit by a car But, according to a leading psychologist, there may be another, even more basic, reason for this childhood peril: Children simply don’t see the cars coming.

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