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Improving safety measures around schools reduces injuries among pedestrians, that according to a new study.

Researchers looked at the number of pedestrian injuries and crashes around New York City schools, after a federal program paid for new traffic lights, signals, speed bumps and crosswalks.
After the improvements were completed, the rate of pedestrian crashes among school-aged children decreased 33-percent overall and dropped 44-percent during school hours.

Injury and crash rates were unchanged in areas that did not get improvements, suggesting that expanding this program to other cities could help prevent these types of injuries.


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