Pedestrian Safety Facts

Each year, more than 544 child pedestrians are killed. They also cause 27,440 emergency room visits by kids. Boys are more likely to be killed than girls. Kids ages 3 and younger are most likely to be killed. Source:

Pedestrian Safety Tips

  • Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk and you must walk in the road, walk on the left shoulder, so you are facing oncoming traffic.
  • Dress to be seen. Brightly colored clothing makes it easier for drivers to see you. At night, it’s a good idea to wear reflective material.
  • Cross only at intersections or marked crosswalks.
  • Stop and look left-right-left before you step into the street.
  • If you see a car, wait until it goes by. Then look left, right, then left again until no cars are coming.
  • Never assume an approaching driver will obey the law and yield to you.
  • Be sure that approaching traffic sees you and yields right of way prior to crossing.
  • If a car is parked where you are crossing, make sure the car is parked, and position yourself where you can safely look left-right-left before crossing.
  • Continue to look for cars while you are crossing, and remember, walk. Don’t Run.

 Rules for Kids: Safety Checklist

  • Teach kids all of the safe walking rules to follow.
  • Never allow kids under age 10 to cross streets alone.
  • Tell kids never to run into the street for any reason. They shouldn’t chase a ball, a pet or anything else.
  • Make sure kids use direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Teach kids to cross 10 feet in front of the school bus, never behind.
  • Make sure kids play in safe places like yards, parks and playgrounds. Kids should never play in the street.
  • Hold kids’ hands in parking lots and while crossing the street.
  • Keep kids from walking alone when it is hard to be seen. That includes dawn, dusk, early evening and rainy and foggy weather.
  • Make sure kids wear retroflective materials. They bounce back light so the wearer can be seen. Retroreflective materials are found on clothes, shoes, stickers and arm and leg bands.
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