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Pedestrian Safety

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.


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