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Pedestrian Safety for Parents and Caregivers

Parents are the most important models of proper pedestrian behavior for children.

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?

To Help Protect Yourself and Others, Follow These Tips:

  • Increase your visibility at night by carrying a flashlight when walking and wearing retro-reflective clothing.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. Cross the streets at street corners and always follow traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Be alert at all times; do not be distracted by cell phones or other digital devices. It is important to be aware of what is going on around you.
  • Be attentive for cars that are backing out of or pulling into driveways or parking lots.
  • Do not use drugs or alcohol when walking; they limit your ability to judge.
  • Make eye contact with drivers to ensure that they see you. Do not assume they are paying attention and will stop for you.

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