It’s that time of year again! Kids are heading back to school and the number of kids on the street increases. Whether they are walking, biking, or taking public transportation to school, they are out on the roads and we need to look out for their safety.
In 2010, nearly 1 in every 5 children between the ages of 5 and 9 who were killed in traffic crashes was a pedestrian and 10,700 children are hospitalized every year for bike-related injuries. The good news is that these accidents can be prevented if the proper precautions are taken.
If Your Child Walks to School
- Choose the route with the least intersections, if possible. Make sure your child knows to cross at a crosswalk where there is a crossing guard. If you allow them to walk to school alone, make sure they take the same route every day and know it well. Tell them to stay away from vacant lots and parks or other places where there aren’t many people.
- Teach your child never to talk to strangers. Make sure they know never to accept a ride or gifts from a stranger either.
- Make sure your child knows his or her home phone number. They should also know their address, your work number and when to dial 911 for emergencies.
- Teach your kids to obey the basic traffic signals. Teach them to look both ways before crossing and to wait for the walk signal before crossing.
If You Drive Your Child to School
- Drop them off as close to the school as possible. Don’t leave until you see them enter the schoolyard or building.
- Watch out for other children darting across the streets. Drive cautiously when driving through school zones. Some kids may not be readily visible, so take extra precautions.
If Your Child Takes Public Transportation
- If they take the bus, teach them to stand on the curb when the bus is pulling in. Teach them to keep their hands and arms inside the bus while riding.
- If they take the subway, teach them to stand in the middle of the platform when the train in coming. Teach them to always be alert and to look out for their stop.
- Encourage them to travel to school with a friend.
If Your Child Rides His or Her Bike to School
- Make sure they know the basic traffic rules. Teach them to obey all traffic signals and to ride on the sidewalk if they are under the age of 12.
- Teach them to always wear safety gear. Make sure they are wearing the proper safety gear such as a helmet and have a lock or an area where they can safely store their bike while in school.
Before sending your kid off to school in the morning, make sure they know these basic safety tips no matter what their mode of transportation may be.
If your child was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, pedestrian accident or bicycle accident, contact Jacoby & Meyers immediately for help.