Walk Safely

  • Look left, right and left again before crossing the street. Be aware of your surrounding 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. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. 
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.
  • Be especially alert for cars that are turning or backing up.
  • Do not to run or dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
  • If you are walking when it’s dark out, make sure you are visible to drivers. Wear light- or brightly-colored clothing and reflective gear. 
  • Children under 10 need to cross the street with an adult. Every child is different, but developmentally, most kids are unable to judge the speed and distance of oncoming cars until age 10.

Take Action Against Distraction

  • Put phones, headphones and devices down when crossing the street. It is particularly important to reinforce the message with teenagers.
  • Pull headphones down or turn off the volume before crossing the street.
  • Be aware of others who may be distracted and speak up when you see someone who is in danger.
  • If you need to use your cell phone, stop walking and find a safe area to talk.

Be A Role Model to Family & Friends

  • Set a good example by putting your phone, headphones and devices down when walking around cars. When driving, put cell phones and other distractions in the back seat or out of sight until your final destination.
  • Be especially alert and slow down when driving in residential neighborhoods and school zones. Be on the lookout for bikers, walkers or runners who may be distracted or may step into the street unexpectedly.
  • Give pedestrians the right of way and look both ways when making a turn to spot any bikers, walkers or runners who may not be immediately visible.
For additional tips and resources visit Safe Kids Worldwide (https://www.safekids.org/walkingsafelytips).
 

car bike pedestrian motorcycle icons