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PEDESTRIAN SAFETY TIPS
For your children, next week's “First Day Back” at school will be an exciting time. Ensure you and your child are reminded of the necessary safety tips to arrive safely as school.
Know the Basics
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths.
- Cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic and as far away from vehicles as possible.
- Kids should be taught at an early age to put down their devices.
- Always look left, right and left again when crossing the street.
- Remind kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.
- Watch out for cars that are turning or backing up.
- Kids should know not to run or dart out into the street.
- Never cross between parked cars.
Parents Set the Example
- Put down your devices when driving or walking around cars, kids follow the examples of their parents.
- Children under 10 should cross the street with an adult.
- Children have trouble judging the speed and distance of cars until age 10.
Driving with Care
- Be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and school zones.
- Always be on the lookout for bikers, walkers or runners who may be distracted or may step into the street unexpectedly.
- Give pedestrians the right away.
- Look both ways when making a turn to help spot any bikers, walkers or runners who may not be visible.
- When driving, put cell phones and other distractions in the back seat or out of sight until your final destination.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
Taking Action Against Distraction
- Teach kids to look up and pay extra attention when using headphones, cell phones or electronic devices such as tablets or games.
- Make it a rule to put these devices down when crossing the street.
- Reinforce the message when it comes to teenagers.
- Be aware of others who may be distracted—and speak up when you see someone who is in danger.
- If your kids need to use a cell phone, teach them to stop walking and find a safe area to talk.
- For headphones, pull them down or turn off the volume before crossing the street.