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Why FAST Workbooks

Parents/guardians must be involved in relaying safety messages to their children to help them adopt and understand the information.
Children learn activities, such as reading and writing, with guidance from their parents/guardians.

Families must work together to master walking, bicycling, and vehicle safety skills, just like they did when their children learned to read.
Parents/guardians must demonstrate safe traffic behaviors, to ensure the success of their children. A child’s education will be most effective if his or her parents/guardians reinforce the messages he or she learns in school, through books, and in the community.

Unintentional injuries are the number one health risk facing school-age children (NHTSA, 1999).
Motor vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian incidents are the leading causes of unintentional injuries and deaths to children age 15 and under.

Children age 15 and under represent 20 percent of the total injuries in Oregon (DHS, 1997).
These numbers show Oregonians that action must be taken to reduce these preventable tragedies. It’s important to recognize that these injuries and deaths are preventable if children and families adopt safe traffic behaviors.

Education in schools alone will not take care of the rising issue of traffic related deaths and injuries because parents/guardians are not direct recipients of the information.
The FAST workbook was developed to address the gap in the delivery of this important information to families.

Research demonstrates the need to change our injury prevention education efforts by shifting the focus from the child alone to the parent/guardian and the child.
When families are involved in their children’s education, everyone will benefit. This will contribute to the decline in the number of traffic-related, preventable injuries and deaths to children.