Safety City offers hands-on traffic safety training to Bronx kids

Safety on Bronx streets has taken center stage after a 9-year-old boy was fatally hit by a dump truck. One way parents can help keep their kids safe is by taking them to Safety City, a program designed to teach Bronx kids the rules of the road.

The program, which has been around since 1998, uses simulations of New York City streets and intersections. The learning area has realistic pavement markings, traffic and pedestrian signals and street signs.

Safety City partners with schools to teach kids about crossing busy city streets. Kids are taught to look both ways, be alert and listen for cars.

There is one Safety City located in each of the five boroughs. The first one opened in Central Harlem in 1990. According to the Department of Transportation, more than 2,200 kids between the ages of 5 and 14 years old were injured last year while crossing the street.

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