Pedestrian Safety for Teachers
Did you know...
- Unintentional pedestrian injuries are the 2nd leading cause of death in the United States for children ages 5 to 14?
- In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States and another 70,000 pedestrians were injured?
- Nearly 1 in 4 traffic deaths among children ages 14 and under are pedestrian deaths?
Educate the children in your care about the importance of pedestrian safety:
- Remind them to increase their visibility at night by carrying a flashlight when walking and wearing retro-reflective clothing.
- Encourage them to always walk on sidewalks or paths, cross the streets at street corners, and always follow traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Model for them how to always look left, then right, then left again before crossing the street. Then have them practice it in the classroom.
- Talk to them about staying alert at all times and to not be distracted by cell phones or other digital devices while walking.
- Remind them to be attentive for cars that are backing out of or pulling into driveways or parking lots.
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