As temperatures increase and the school year comes to a close, drivers are reminded that they may start seeing children out and about throughout the community. Pay special attention to pedestrians as you drive.
Tips for drivers
- Always look for pedestrians, especially when turning.
- Watch for children. Drive slowly and cautiously through areas near playgrounds, residential areas, or any other area where children could be walking or playing.
- Watch out for signs that indicate areas where public safety is a special concern, including the possibility of encountering pedestrians.
- Be patient, especially with seniors or pedestrians with disabilities who need more time to cross the road.
- Drive carefully near crosswalk zones and playgrounds. Pass them at reasonable speeds and always be ready in case pedestrians make sudden or unexpected moves.
Tips for parents
- Show your children how to cross a road safely. Teach them to:
- Stay to the side of the road, walking as far away from traffic as they safely can.
- Stop at the edge of the sidewalk, and look both ways before crossing the road and point in the direction they want to go.
- Take extra care on roadways that have no curbs.
- Watch out for blind corners (for example, a car coming out of a driveway may not see a child pedestrian about to cross).