This 10-year-old’s 3D crosswalks could help save lives

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A report from the Governors Highway Safety Association has bad news. They say pedestrian deaths are at their highest in the U.S. since the '90s. The GHSA estimates 6,227 pedestrians were killed in car accidents in 2018. All other traffic deaths are declining, the report said.

A 10-year-old’s idea to install a 3D crosswalk might just force Massachusetts drivers to slow down.

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Isa, a fifth-grader at Brooks Elementary in Medford, Massachusetts, came up with the optical illusion idea last year with some students after one of their brothers was nearly struck by a car.

The students are part of their city's Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibility, a program that gets kids interested in improving their communities.

According to WBZ NewsRadio, the white "blocks" were painted by local artist Nate Swain behind the elementary school as "an innovative way to get drivers to slow down without needing to install speed bumps."

"You have to stop, I know some cars come speeding down here, this is even a school with signs that say slow, kids playing, but honestly I've seen cars just speed past here," Isa told ABC 7 Chicago. She hopes that when drivers see the blocks, they'll see them as 3D structures, think they're real and ultimately slow down.

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The station reports the city has already agreed to paint the 3D crosswalks near three other schools by summertime.

"I think it's great. It certainly would make me stop," Brooks teacher and CCSR advisor Mike Coates told Boston's CBS affiliate. "It's a great example of them sticking to an idea and going through all the steps and talking, in this case, to all the adults and all the powers that be."

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