Increase in pedestrian accidents prompts call for
There is nothing quite like playing outside - running, jumping, and
enjoying the open air. Because of the recent warm weather this
winter, children have been given more opportunities to play
outside, which puts them more at risk for pedestrian accidents.
"Pedestrian Safety is extremely
important," says Denise Dowd, MD, chief, Injury Prevention at
Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. "However, it is very
difficult to teach children to cross the street safely and to be
careful when playing outside."
Pedestrian accidents have been a
problem in recent years. In 2000, 129 children were involved in
Children need to be taught at an early
age the meaning of various street signs or street lights. It is
also important to teach the importance of using crosswalks as well
as what it means to be a pedestrian.
All children should cross at
crosswalks. A mid-block dart across the street is the most common
reason children are hit by motor vehicles.
Children should play, if
possible, in areas that are far from roadways.
Remember, it is important for parents
to supervise their children and to hold little one's hands
around the street.
And, most importantly, even if
you think your child is safe to cross the street, BE WARY, children
forget safety lessons during moments of fun and
What to Teach Your Child
Define what it means to be a
pedestrian. Emphasize typical crossing the street procedure.
Always look before you cross.
Understand the meaning and
purpose of street lights and street signs.
Obey all intersections and
crosswalks and never cross mid-block.