HKQ Kids

PHONES DOWN, HEADS UP 

Summertime brings more foot traffic. Kids are out of school and playing outside, enjoying their summer break. The excitement of longer, warmer days and spending more time with their friends may distract your kids from being careful outside your home and around the roads.

A few simple rules will help keep your kids safe:

  1. When crossing the street, it’s phones down, heads up, headphones off.  One in four kids cross the street distracted – on their phones or with headphones on.
  2. Be sure to take the time to cross the street at the corner. Seventy percent of pedestrian deaths were attributed to crossing the street somewhere other than a corner.
  3. Make sure drivers can see you, especially at night. Wear light colored and reflective clothes. Clip on an extra light at night. A mini-flashlight attached to a carabiner on a belt loop can be a lifesaver.
  4. Watch out for careless drivers. Look left, right, then left again before crossing the road.
  5. Walk on sidewalks and paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far away from traffic as possible.
  6. Watch for cars backing up. Every month, 7 kids under age 5 are killed from cars backing up.
  7. Always be cautious of the second car. If a vehicle is stopping to let you pass, be sure to look for a second car, that may not stop. Try to make eye contact with each of the drivers before crossing.

For drivers:

  1. Remember, school is out, there will be more kids to watch out for.
  2. Be cautious at all times, but especially at night, when pedestrians may be harder to see.
  3. Watch out for bouncing balls, toys that roll out into the road, etc. Chances are good that there is a small child in the vicinity.
  4. Be careful when backing up. Especially in areas where there are smaller children.
  5. Above all, put your phone down while you are driving, don’t add another distraction to the road.

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