School dismissal can be a dangerous time for children, according to a new study. They are at greatest risk of being hit by a car at the end of the school day and in early evening.
According to Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, after school hours are “times when adult supervision may not be ideal. Having increased police awareness and school-sponsored safety patrols available when afternoon caregivers cannot be present may help to reduce the risk.”
The team at Jacobi Medical Center in New York City was led by Dr. Alexa Karkenny. They examined medical records of 79 boys and 21 girls who were struck by vehicles in 2012 in Philadelphia. Injuries were most frequent after school and especially during the spring months through June, when children were less likely to be with their parents.