Kids Dart, Drive Smart Campaign -- Pick Up Your Yard Sign Now!

By Maureen Mespell
By Megan Trent

July 23, 2012 Updated Aug 2, 2012 at 11:36 AM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- Whether they're riding a bike or just shooting some hoops in the driveway, it only takes a second for kids to step out into traffic.

In fact, being hit by a car is the second leading cause of injury-related death among kids ages five to fourteen, according to safekids.org.

Lutheran Children's Hospital is attempting to bring those numbers down through their 2012 Child Pedestrian Safety Campaign.

With so many distractions for drivers, like cell phones and computers, officials with Lutheran Children's Hospital say it's important for drivers to pay attention and keep their eyes on the road.

That's why Indiana's NewsCenter is proud to once again partner with Lutheran Children's Hospital and Fort Wayne Fire and Police Departments for this year's Kids Dart, Drive Smart campaign.

On Tuesday, Scott's customers on North Coliseum were given free signs to put in their yards. The signs serve as a visual reminder to motorists to keep an eye out for children on area roadways.

Lutheran Children's Hospital officials point out that kids don't have the same depth perception or decision-making skills as adults, making back to school time an important opportunity to highlight the risks children face while waiting on buses, walking to and from school, and playing outside.

If you couldn't pick up your free sign at Scott's, you can visit any Fort Wayne Fire Department location to get one. Remember, Kids Dart, Drive Smart.

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