Safe Kids Baltimore
Each year in early October, Safe Kids Baltimore partners
with other traffic safety advocates to focus on international Walk
Your Child to School Day.
The coalition has monitored some crossing areas known to be dangerous
to pedestrians and works with other city agencies to promote pedestrian safety
throughout the city.
Pedestrian Safety Tips:
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- Never allow a child under age 10 to cross the street alone.
- Use safe pedestrian behaviors and teach them to your children.
- Understand and obey traffic signals and signs.
- Cross streets at the corner and use the crosswalk.
- STOP at the edge of the curb before crossing the street.
- Look left-right-and left-again before crossing the street and keep
looking as you cross.
- WALK, don’t run, as you cross the street.
- Walk facing traffic on sidewalks or as far to the left as possible
if there are no sidewalks.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
- Try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of
them at the crosswalk.
- Always hold a child’s hand in a parking lot.
- Make sure your child plays in safe places such as yards and playgrounds
and not in the street.
- Teach your child never to run or dart into the street for a ball,
pet or another reason.
- Wait for buses on the sidewalk.
- Make sure the bus comes to a complete stop before getting on or off.
- Never walk behind the bus – always cross at least 10 feet in
front of a bus, where you can be seen by the bus driver.
April 11, 2013.