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(i) Brief statement of the research problem

Within recent times, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of road accidents involving child pedestrians. This research proposal will seek to highlight the strategies that can be developed and implemented to improve the road safety of child pedestrians.

(ii) Purpose statement and an associated research question

Purpose Statement

The purpose of this paper will seek to address the strategies that can be developed and implemented to enhance road safety for child pedestrians and thus improve casualty reduction.

Research question

What strategies can be implemented to enhance road safety for child pedestrians?

(iii)Literature review

Road accidents involving children has become a major cause for concern around the world. Within recent times, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of road accidents involving children. Road safety is therefore of key importance in terms of keeping children safe in traffic. It therefore means that the strategies will have to be implemented to enhance road safety for children.

Eric Dumbaugh and Lawrence Frank (2007) states that “the safety of child pedestrians would appear to be enhanced by strategies that attempt to educate children on how to walk and bike safely, by enforcing traffic laws intended to ensure pedestrian and motorist behaviour, and providing infrastructure aimed at encouraging appropriate interactions between the two user groups”.

Dumbaugh et al (2007) further suggests that in an effort to address the concern of the parents regarding road safety, many persons from all over the world have implemented Safe Routes to School programs for the intention of improving child pedestrian safety.

Dumbaugh et al further state that the implementation of Safe Routes to School Programmes will enhance the road safety of child pedestrians. These strategies are categorised under the following headings namely: Engineering (sidewalks,...
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