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CCISD News: Back to School Safety


By Marilyn Clark, League City Area News Online

August 28, 2004

Drive Slowly

In school zones and areas where children play.

When cars slow down for school zones and other areas where children are present, child safety goes up.

Pedestrian Accidents

Car Speed in mph % Survival
40 15
30 45
20 85
(1)

Safety List

1. Parents, grandparents and teachers should check to see which item/rules on the safety list (2) below their children already know.

2. Help your children learn the ones you want them to know in words they will understand.

3. Observe your children to be certain they are putting the items/rules you selected into practice.

4. Give your children occasional checkups and help them with items/rules they have forgotten.

  • When you walk, run, inline skate, skateboard or ride a bike, stop at the curb or the edge of the street before you cross.
  • Look left, look right, and look left again, turning your head to see over your shoulder, before you step into the street to cross to the other side.
  • Know that that cars may not stop even if you have the right-of-way.
  • Step into the street only if you do not see any moving cars.
  • Never go for a walk with a stranger. Only walk with someone who your parents say is okay.
  • Walk on the sidewalk or a walking path. When there is no sidewalk, always walk facing traffic.
  • Listen for the sound of car motors, car doors, sirens, and horns before you step into the street.
  • Never run into the street to catch a ball or chase a toy, a friend, or a pet.
  • Never run across the street; walk when crossing the street.
  • Do not cross in the middle of the street unless there is a crosswalk and signal or a crossing guard.
  • Cross at corners and use crosswalks whenever possible; always stay within the lines of the crosswalk.
  • Use intersections with signals and pedestrian buttons whenever possible.
  • Know what the different signs and signals mean and always follow them.
  • Be careful around parked cars; stop, look left, look right, and look left again before stepping out from between parked cars.
  • Early in the morning or in the evening and at night, wear reflective and/or light colored clothing, carry a light, and/or wear a flashing light.

Sources:

(1) The data used in creating the table is from UK Department of Transportation. Killing Speed and Saving Lives in U.S. Department of Transportation: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Safe Routes to School,"Safe Streets," September 2002, DOT HS 809 497

(2)U.S. Department of Transportation: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Safe Routes to School,"Classroom Activities," September 2002, DOT HS 809 497

Source of image: (2)U.S. Department of Transportation: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Safe Routes to School, September 2002, DOT HS 809 497


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