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Memphis rated deadliest city for child pedestrians

A new report by Safe Kids Worldwide shows that Memphis has the most dangerous streets in the country for child pedestrians.

The greater Memphis are has an average of four child pedestrian deaths a year, a high number for the 44th largest city in America.  With that, the city is making an aggressive effort to turn that number around.

Safe Kids held an awareness campaign near Grahamwood Elementary School this International Walk to School Day.

Some of the problems facing metropolitan Memphis include crosswalks in poor condition, drivers failing to stop for crossing guards and speed limits posted in school zones are higher than 15 miles per hour in many areas.  "We have parents and people who will just fly through a school zone and not pay attention to what's going on," explained parent Mike Donnell.

In an effort to curb the problem, traffic enforcement departments in the greater Memphis area are planning to put more patrols in school zones.  With that will come more citations.

Parents, schools and the police say they are working aggressively to make Memphis one of the country's safest cities for child pedestrians, but they all admit they have a long road ahead.

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