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Keeping Children Safe

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.