Children younger than 14 are at risk of being involved in traffic related pedestrian crashes because of their size and cognitive ability. Whether it is a walk to school or the park, pedestrian survival skills are a must. Walking is a child's first form of transportation. A child will walk long before he or she will ride a bicycle or even drive a vehicle.
Supervise Preschoolers at all times
- Preschool age children should not be allowed to cross the street alone.
- Teach them who can help them cross the street safely.
Teach by Example
- When you cross the street with your child, always:
- Stop at the curb.
- Look Left, then Right, then Left again for traffic
- When crossing at an intersection, look over your shoulder to look for vehicles that may be turning.
- Cross when it is clear
- Keep on looking for cars as you cross.
Pedestrians must be responsible in traffic
- Always use sidewalks when available and if no sidewalks are available then walk facing traffic.
- Cross only at intersections.
- Avoid mid-block crossings.
- Walk quickly, but do not run, while crossing the street.
- All traffic signs and signals must be obeyed.
Be Safe, Be Seen
- If you are walking during the day, try to wear bright or fluorescent colors.
- When walking at night, wear reflective material or place reflective tape on your clothing and carry a flashlight.
- Also, when walking at night, walk in well lit areas where you can be easily seen.