Child Pedestrian Safety

  • Remember, children are not small adults:
  1. Children under age 10 cannot judge speed and distance of vehicles moving towards them.
  2. Children move quickly, are unpredictable and may run into the street without warning.
  3. Children are small and hard for drivers to see.
  • Dangers for young children include:
  1. Darting out into traffic especially from the middle of the block.
  2. Playing in or near the street.
  3. Riding tricycles, bicycles and other wheeled toys in driveways, parking lots and streets.
  • Take these steps to encourage safe behavior:
  1. Closely supervise your children when they are near parked or moving vehicles.
  2. Teach your children about street safety when walking with them.
  3. Hold their hand (this prevents them from darting away) and show them how to stop and look for cars.
  4. Teach your children to make sure vehicles are stopped before crossing each travel lane.
  5. Teach your children that vehicles do not instantly stop.
  6. Set a safe example. Children will copy bad behaviors and that may put them at risk.

For more Child pedestrian Safety tips visit the Safe Routes to School website