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Street safety for children

Stop. Look both ways and listen

The Safe Way to Cross a Street.

  • Children under the age of 8 don't have the ability to safely cross streets alone.
  • Find a safe place to cross, such as a crosswalk or intersection.
  • Stop at the curb or edge of the road.
  • If you must cross the road between parked cars, treat the cars as though they were the side of the road. Find an opening where you can see and be seen, and stop.
  • Look to your left, your right, and your left again.
  • If you are at a corner, look over your shoulder to make sure no cars are about to turn onto your path.
  • If there are cars approaching, wait until they pass and begin the process again of looking left, right, left.
  • Treat alleys and driveways like you would a street by always stopping and looking left, right, left.

Tips for Parents

Although kids learn to walk at a young age, learning how to safely cross the street takes years of practice. Thousands of young pedestrians are seriously hurt or killed every year, most often because the child was not crossing the street safely. Help keep kids' feet on the road by teaching these essential skills:

  1. Find a safe place to walk and cross.
  2. Stop and look left-right-left before entering the street.
  3. Respect the road

Note: Children under eight years old should never cross the street without an adult or responsible older child. Younger children do not have the judgment, vision, or experience to cross safely.