Parents are the most important models for children. The Pediatric Medical Center at Northridge Hospital Medical Center provides this information to help you educate your children.
- Cross the street safely at a corner and use traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. Do not assume that because you can see the driver, the driver can see you.
- Look left, right and left again when crossing, and keep looking as you cross. Walk across the street; do not run.
- Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Hold hands with children in parking lots.
Set Pedestrian Safety Rules for Your Children
- Children should walk direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
- Never allow children under age 10 to cross streets alone. Adult supervision is essential until a child has good traffic skills and judgment.
- Teach your child to cross 10 feet in front of a school bus, never behind it.
- Teach your child to never run into a street for a ball, a pet or any other reason.
Create an Environment that’s Safe for Pedestrians
- Your child should play in a safe area away from motor vehicles, such as yards, parks and playgrounds and not in the street. Play areas should be fenced off from driveways and streets.
- Look around your vehicle for children who may be difficult to see prior to getting into the driver’s seat.
Children sustain more than 39,000 nonfatal pedestrian injuries each year.
- Almost two-thirds of childhood pedestrian deaths occur in males.
- Four out of five driveway-related incidents involve children ages 4 and under.
- The maturity level of children under 10 years of age makes them unable to correctly gauge the speed of vehicles putting them at greater risk for injury and death.
- One in four child pedestrian deaths occur between 3-7 p.m.
- Streets, driveways, parking lots and sidewalks are where young children ages 0-2 years suffer the highest number of injuries as pedestrians.
- 83 percent of child pedestrian deaths occur at nonintersection locations.
Adopted from National Center for Safe Routes to School and Safe Kids USA (safekids.org).