It is very important that you teach your child how to be safe while walking on or crossing a street. Supervision is the key.
- According to the National Safe Kids Campaign, children ages 4 and under are at the highest risk of being killed in a pedestrian injury-related unintentional injury.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports toddlers who are run over are usually struck in the driveway; preschoolers who are hit by a car usually have been struck as a result of darting out between parked cars; and children aged 6 to 12 are most likely to have been struck when crossing a busy street or in the middle of the block.
For toddlers and preschoolers:
- Toddlers and preschoolers need adult supervision at all times while they are outdoors and indoors. Your small child should never be permitted near or on a street.
- Your toddler or preschooler should never be allowed to play in driveways.
For school-age children, teach them to:
- Stop at the curb or edge of the road before crossing, and to never run into the street.
- Look and listen for traffic to the left, then to the right and then to the left again.
- Cross at the street corner and walk in crosswalks. Obey the traffic signals and signs. Keep looking while crossing the street.
- Always watch out for cars. The drivers may not see pedestrians or yield right of way.
- Never go between parked cars to cross the street.
For adolescents, tell them to:
- Walk or run facing traffic and stay to the left if there are no sidewalks.
- Always be aware of their surroundings.
- Continue crossing the street if you are halfway when the light changes. Be quick, but do not run!
- Wear clothing that can be easily seen after dark. Apply reflective tape or material to the clothing for added visibility.