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Pedestrian safety tips for parents

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Parents: Be pedestrian safety smart.

  • Teach your child to always look LEFT, RIGHT, and then LEFT again before crossing at any intersection.
  • Dress your child in brightly colored clothing if they walk to school early in the morning when it may still be dark out, or on days when it is snowing, raining or foggy. Wearing anything reflective will help make them more visible to oncoming traffic.
  • Supervise your child whenever they are playing in the yard. Teach them to never run out in the street after toys, balls or pets.
  • Teach your child to obey all traffic lights and traffic signs.
  • Walk on sidewalks. Do not walk on curbs or in the street.  
  • If your child travels as a pedestrian in a wheelchair, make certain that the wheelchair is properly marked with reflective tape or reflective lights. During day travel, consider adding a bike flag to the wheelchair to alert drivers.
  • Most safety experts advise to always walk facing the traffic and as far to the left as possible so you can better see approaching traffic when sidewalks are not available.
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