Sunday, October 3, 2010

Top Walking to School Safety Tips for Drivers AND Kids

Wednesday, October 6th, is International Walk to School Day.  Walking to school is a great way for kids to stay active and get exercise, but did you know that in 2009, approximately 13,000 child pedestrians age 14 and younger were injured in crashes with motor vehicles?  For International Walk to School Day Safe Kids and FedEx are teaming up to teach school children how to be safe pedestrians as they walk to and from school.  More than 600 International Walk to School Day activities are scheduled, raising awareness around specific pedestrian dangers or issues in local communities.

Top Walking to School Safety Tips from Safe Kids USA

Here are some simple reminders for drivers:
  • Slow down and be especially alert in the residential neighborhoods and school zones
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
  • Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours
  • Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Put down your phone and don’t talk or text while driving
Reminders for your kids:
  • They should cross the street with an adult until they are at least 10 years old
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
  • Never run out into the streets or cross in between parked cars
  • Make sure they always walk in front of the bus where the driver can see them

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