Protect Kids By Teaching Them Important Pedestrian Safety Rules

Child pedestrians are at a much higher risk for injuries than adults. Their smaller size makes them more difficult for drivers to see. And their inability to judge distance and vehicle speeds can lead them to misjudge when it is safe to cross the street. This guide will help you protect your loved ones by teaching them safe crossing behaviors and other important safety rules.

Follow these important safety tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to avoid preventable child pedestrian injuries and help keep kids safe when walking or playing near streets.

Supervise Preschoolers at All Times

  1. Always hold the hand of a preschooler when crossing the street. Teach them who can help them cross the street safely. (According to the NHTSA, this is generally adults or siblings over the age of 12.)
  2. Most preschoolers are injured near their homes, on their own streets or even in their own driveways. Avoid making your driveway “a playground”. If you do allow children to play in the driveway, make sure that it is only when no vehicles are present.
  3. To further protect young children who may be outside playing, separate the driveway from the roadway with a physical barrier to prevent cars from entering.
  4. Ensure your preschoolers are properly supervised at all times and teach them to never play in, around or under vehicles—ever.

Explain & Demonstrate Safe Behavior

It is important for adults to teach and lead by example.

  1. When crossing the street with your child, cross at a corner or crosswalk with the walk signal. Stop at the curb. Exaggerate looking LEFT‐RIGHT‐LEFT for traffic in all directions before and while crossing the street.  

 

Explain that you are looking for either no traffic or that traffic has stopped for you to cross safely. Hold your child’s hand and WALK across when it is clear. Keep looking for cars as you cross. As you both safely cross together, praise your child for copying your safe crossing behavior. 

  1. Teach kids to understand and obey all traffic signals, and to also be responsible and cautious regardless of signals.
  2. Teach them to look for signs that a car is about to move, for example: illuminated rear lights, exhaust smoke, sound of motor, wheels turning.
  3. Make sure kids know not to run out into a street under any circumstance, and to ask an adult for help retrieving a ball or any object in the street.
  4. When walking, teach kids to walk on the sidewalk if one is available. If no sidewalk is available, teach them to walk facing traffic.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Caution

When Is It Safe To Cross Alone?

Experts say there is no universal age at which children are ready to cross the street on their own since each child is different in terms of developmental skills and abilities. However, experts generally agree that children aren’t ready to cross by themselves until at least age 10 —or older if it is a busy street.

 These are just a few things you can do to protect your child from pedestrian injuries. Please visit Montlick.com or HelpKeepKidsSafe.org and click on “Family Safety and Legal Tips,” to see our latest safety videos and downloadable materials, and to register for Free Safety Alerts.

 

Protect Kids by Teaching Them Important Pedestrian Safety Rules is presented by Atlanta,Georgia Auto Accident Attorneys, Montlick & Associates.

Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law is committed to helping you keep your family safe on the road. Unfortunately, over the 25 years of helping accident victims, Georgia Accident Attorneys Montlick & Associates has seen so many traffic-related accidents where children are injured and sometimes killed; and so many times, it could have been prevented. The important safety tips above from Montlick & Associates can help prevent child pedestrian injuries. Parents protect your loved ones by teaching them safe street crossing behaviors and important traffic safety rules.