Make changes to school zones and children are supposed to be safer: That’s the way it’s supposed to work, right?

Well, in this case, that’s exactly what has happened.

A new study shows that recent changes to school zones near several New York City schools have resulted in substantial drops in the number of children struck by cars.

The research shows that the number of child pedestrian injuries fell by more than 40% near the schools where the city had made traffic changes.

The changes included building islands in the center of wide streets, placing digital speed-monitoring signs, and installing more traffic lights and speed bumps.

Read more about these school zone improvements and how their making children safer at USNews.

Funding for the improvements came from Safe Routes to School program, which allocated $612 billion to be spent in such improvements from 2005 to 2009.

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