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.

Safety Tips

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.