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