NWRA Safety Stand Down
August 22-26, 2016
Schools, Streets & Neighbors
August means the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year. This time of year, you’ll see more buses and cars on the roadways including parents driving their children to school to teachers and college students heading in to their classes.
Waste and recycling collection workers will be sharing the roadways with these neighbors and will be taking added safety precautions to protect students, teachers and families from harm. Historically, back to school time also means that school zone accidents increase, significantly. NWRA, the Waste and Recycling industry, and our members realize that this increases the chances for collisions, injuries and fatalities.
Approximately 100 children in the United States are killed every year while walking to or from school and another 25,000 children sustain injuries as a result of school zone accidents. Some kids will be walking, riding their bikes or riding a bus to school for the first time in 2016.
NWRA’s Back to School Safety Stand Down will provide information and guidance material to address driver distractions, benchmarked successful practices and operations planning for waste and recycling collectors to improve safety in school zones and bus stops around them. Often times, kids aren’t as well versed about school zone and bus stop safety and traffic laws as adults are. The fact is many adults aren’t clear either. NWRA’s Stand Down will partner with other safety organizations that communicate to youth groups, pedestrians, employers and drivers of all ages to help promote and communicate a shared commitment to safety on the roadways and around school zones and bus stops to protect the communities we serve.
Our Stand Down on Water. Rest. Shade in May reached nearly 70 percent of the industry. Join our back to school efforts and help to grow that number so that we are all united around safety.
Who: NWRA members, partners, sponsors and community stakeholders
What: 5-day event to promote safety on the roads during back-to-school season
How: Register today for this free opportunity and receive extensive resource materials to help move the needle on back-to-school safety. By joining this network of industry professionals and community leaders, you will contribute toward a safer start to the new academic year.
Why: Because safety begins with you and it’s everyone’s responsibility. Join the Stand Down for free today by clicking on the link below.