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More than 500 children are killed on the roads every day. Many more are injured, often severely.

For adolescents aged 15 to 17, road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death worldwide, with boys accounting for nearly twice as many road traffic deaths as girls. One third of these deaths are children in cars but two thirds are outside cars. In total, around 186,300 under 18 years die from road traffic crashes annually, and rates of road traffic death are three times higher in developing countries.

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Pedestrian Safety and Road Safety for Children

Until the age of 10-11 years, children need active adult supervision to help them navigate driveways, cars, roads and car parks safely.

Parents should always hold their child's hand when walking on the road. You can also teach your child about road safety, including how to be safe around parked cars and on footpaths and driveways.

Your child will learn about pedestrian safety by watching you, so use safe behaviour around cars, roads and car parks. Always stop, look, listen and think before crossing a road, and use pedestrian crossings wherever possible. Always cross at the safest point, even if you have to walk further out of your way. And if you're crossing at the lights, wait for the signal to walk.

There are six easy steps to know when attempting to cross the road:

  1. Think First. Find a safe place to cross, then stop.
  2. Stop.
  3. Use your eyes and ears. Look right, left, right and listen for vehicles.
  4. Wait until it's safe. If traffic is coming, wait for it to pass. Look right, left and right again.
  5. Cross when it's safe. When there is no traffic near, walk straight across the road.
  6. Get across alive. Keep looking and listening for traffic while you cross.

Question - Answers

At a traffic light, what is the meaning of amber light?

Slow down to a stop.

Identify three safe places to use when crossing the road.

At a pedestrian crossing, at a stop light or at an overhead bridge.

Why is it not safe for a child to cross the road between two parked vehicles?

Drivers may not be able to see the child until it is too late to stop.

Why shouldn't you cross the road at a corner?

Motorists coming around the corner may not be able to see you.

What type of colour cothing should be worn in the night?

White, bright or reflective clothing.

What should you do before crossing the road?

Look right, look left then look right again.

What does the Road Safety Unit acronym C.A.R.D. stand for?

Children Against Reckless Driving

What is a booster seat?

It's an extra seat which is placed in the back of a car for the safety of small children.

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