Thursday, July 31, 2014
George Drad is the crossing guard for Beaumont School in Winnipeg. Mr. Drad’s son was killed as a child while crossing the street, a tragedy that compelled him to become a crossing guard 15 years ago after he retired. Mr. Drad knows the names of the children he helps across the road and his wife, who died recently, used to knit mittens, hats and scarves for the children...
Last week, I sat among many of the foremost experts in transportation safety and security at the World Bank in Washington D.C. The most startling fact? The leading cause of death among children age 10 to 19 are road crashes, killing 260,000 children a year (World Health Organization). For those of us at FedEx, that is almost the size of our entire global workforce. Although many of us may see other issues as more pressing, the facts are clear: Road and pedestrian safety must be addressed.