October 4 is International Walk to School Day. Safe Kids and FedEx are teaming up to raise awareness, promote pedestrian safety and create safer routes for walking and bicycling for children. This year in Utah we have already lost 29 pedestrians on Utah’s roads. Cambree Applegate, Director of Safe Kids Utah stopped by KUTV to share some top tips to make sure you and your kids stay safe on the streets.
Top Tips for Kids
· Look left, right and left again when crossing the street. And continue looking until safely across.
· It’s always best to walk on sidewalks or paths and cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
· Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.
· Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Be especially careful in parking lots or when crossing driveways.
· If you are using a cell phone, head phones or a game, remember: Devices down when you cross the street.
Top Tips for Parents
· Talk to your kids about how to be safe while walking. It’s always best to walk on sidewalks or paths and cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
· Teach kids at an early age to put down their devices and then look left, right and left again when crossing the street.
· Children under 10 should cross the street with an adult. Every child is different, but developmentally, it can be hard for kids to judge speed and distance of cars until age 10.
· Remind kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street and to watch out for cars that are turning or backing up.
· Set a good example by putting devices down when you are driving or walking around cars. If we put our devices down, our kids are more likely to do the same.
· When driving, be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and school zones and be on the lookout for bikers, walkers or runners who may be distracted or may step into the street unexpectedly.