Phones Down, Heads Up When Walking Back to School
Back to school means it’s time for drivers and kids to focus on safety. Pedestrian injuries happened every day, in Canada, seven children are struck while walking each day. It’s the leading cause of injury-related deaths for Canadian kids aged 14 and under.
After School Danger
Most incidents happen after 3 p.m., when drivers are coming home from work, and children are walking home from school or after-school activities. Parents and drivers can help ensure kids walk safely to and from school on our neighbourhood streets.
Drivers Slow Down!
Drivers need to slow down in residential areas. Parents show Your children safe pedestrian practices.
Five important steps:
1. Phones down, heads up when walking.
- Child pedestrians are up to 30% more likely to be struck or nearly struck by a vehicle when distracted by a cell phone.
2. Tempted to cross mid-block? Instead, take the extra time to cross at the corner.
- Up to 25% of pedestrian collisions occur at mid-block locations.
3. Be especially alert when it’s dark out, and make sure drivers can see you.
- 55% of pedestrian deaths occur at night and/or with low-light conditions.
4. It’s always best to walk on sidewalks or paths. No sidewalk? Walk facing traffic as far away from vehicles as possible.
- Sidewalks can reduce pedestrian collisions by 88%.
5. Adults or older children should walk with young children and teach them how to cross the road safely. The ability to assess vehicle speed and to judge safe gaps in traffic develops over time and with experience.
- A pedestrian struck by a car travelling 50 km/h has less than a 20% chance of survival.
Source: Parachute Canada