Injury Prevention

Street Safety

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It is very important that you teach children how to be safe while walking on or crossing a street. Supervision is the key.

  • According to the National Safe Kids Campaign, children ages 5 to 9 are at the highest risk of being injured or killed in a traffic-related pedestrian accident.
  • Pedestrian injury is the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for 5- to 14- year olds.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports toddlers are usually run over in the driveway; preschoolers are typically struck when they dart out between parked cars; and children aged 6 to 12 are usually hit when in the middle of the block and on busy streets.

Safety Tips

For toddlers and preschoolers:

  • Toddlers and preschoolers need adult supervision at all times while they are outdoors and indoors. They should never be permitted near or on a street.
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 where 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. 
Last Update
May 28, 2008
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