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It’s hard to believe that 830,000 children are killed each year by accidents according to the World Health Organization. This is probably underestimated because in many poor countries, children are killed or injured and the tragedies are not even reported. Interestingly the majority of causes are the same throughout the world— traffic, poisoning, burns, drowning and falls. Many of these injuries and deaths could and should have been prevented.

We should be particularly alert to the roadway dangers affecting teenagers. Traffic deaths rank number one in both rich countries and poor ones. Just in the U.S. over 12,000 children are killed by accidents each year. As expected car crashes are the leading cause.

What can we do? Some countries like Sweden have reduced by almost 80% the death rate for teenagers and children in the last 40 years. How did they do it? Generally by enforcing speeding laws, moving traffic away from area populated by children, requiring helmets, safety standards for products, teaching safety at schools etc. Maybe we should follow the lead of Sweden.

We hope you enjoy a safe and sound summer. Take care of our children they are our future.

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