vehicles. Modeled on the University of
Miami’s WalkSafe program, the program has three goals: to implement educational intervention, to make appropriate engineering modifications and to recommend ways to improve enforcement of existing safety regulations.
A key organizer for Newark’s WalkSafe program, Sharon Clancy, with UMDNJ’s Divisions of Trauma and Emergency Medicine, said the program has made “wonderful” progress. Success has been due in part to the help provided by the Newark School District and Newark Charter Schools. Originally an unfunded pilot program, Newark's WalkSafe program has recently received grants from the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety
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Society (http://www.amtrauma.org/) and State Farm Insurance (http://
www.statefarm.com/). With these funds, program coordinators have hired a part-time educator to teach WalkSafe’s three-day lesson plan. A curriculum development team from the Newark New Community Corporation (http://www.newcommunity
.org/main.htm) helped to modify the Miami lesson plans to meet the Newark School District’s needs.
During the first day of the program, classroom teachers introduce street safety to their students. The following day, children attend an assembly where each child demonstrates skills learned in the
classroom. Children are tested on their knowledge on the third day. The WalkSafe program coordinator returns three months later, testing the children for their understanding and retention. So far, nearly 1,000 Newark students aged 5-12 have participated in the program; the majority live in the city’s Central Ward which has been the most affected by traffic injury. The WalkSafe program coordinator is taking steps to evaluate theprogram’s effectiveness, by tracking any