More than 90,000 Missouri children were injured in 1999 as a result of pedestrian/vehicle accidents.
Many injuries can be prevented when safety precautions are follow all the time. For starters, set a good example for kids. Safety is not natural, but must be learned from adults. These are some good things that you should do all the time as a good example:
- I cross at a corner. I use signals and crosswalks when they are there.
- I make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
- I look left, right and left again before crossing. I keep looking as I cross.
- I walk across streets. I don’t run.
- I walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, I face traffic and stay left.
- I watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
- I do not use electronics (for texting, headphones, iPad, etc.) when approaching an intersection or crossing the street.
Here is a good teaching checklist for when you’re talking to children about being a safe pedestrian and for when you’re out and about:
- I teach kids all of the safe walking rules I follow.
- I never allow kids under 10 years old to cross streets alone.
- I tell kids never to run into the street for any reason. They shouldn’t chase a ball, a pet or anything else.
- I make sure kids use direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
- I teach kids to cross 10 feet in front of the school bus, never behind.
- I make sure kids play in safe places like yards, parks and playgrounds. Kids should never play in the street.
- I hold kids’ hands in the parking lot and while crossing the street.
- I keep kids from walking alone when it’s hard to be seen. That includes dawn, dusk and rainy and foggy weather.
- I make sure kids can be seen by having them wear retro-reflective materials that bounce back light.