Special CommentaryPreventing Pediatric Pedestrian InjuriesHotz, Gillian PhD; Kennedy, Amy MPH; Lutfi, Khaleeq MPH; Cohn, Stephen M. MD, FACSAuthor Information From the DeWitt Daughtry Family and Department of Surgery (G.H., A.K., K.L.), University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida; and Department of Surgery (S.M.C.), University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas. Submitted for publication March 25, 2008. Accepted for publication January 22, 2009. Address for reprints: Gillian Hotz, PhD, DeWitt Daughtry Family and Department of Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, (305)243-8115; email: [email protected]. The Journal of Trauma: Injury, Infection, and Critical Care: May 2009 - Volume 66 - Issue 5 - p 1492-1499 doi: 10.1097/TA.0b013e31819d9c9b Buy Metrics Abstract Pedestrian-related crashes cause an estimated 1.2 million deaths and 50 million injuries worldwide. There were 32,590 nonfatal injuries reported among children 0 to14 years of age in the United States in 2006. The incidence of pedestrian injuries seems to be decreasing due to improvements in trauma care and a nationwide decline in walking. This article is a special communication and overview of selected literature regarding efforts to decrease the frequency of pediatric pedestrian trauma. WalkSafe an elementary school-based pedestrian injury prevention program will be discussed as an example of a program that has been able to demonstrate a decrease in injuries in children. © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.