According to SafeKids.org, though pedestrian vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death for children ages 5-19, no one is immune. Here are a few tips for children and adults of all ages:
- Look left, right and left again before crossing the street; looking left a second time is necessary because a car can cover a lot of distance in a short amount of time.
- Make eye contact with oncoming vehicles to make sure they see you.
- Be aware of drivers even when you are in a crosswalk; vehicles have blind spots.
- Don’t wear headphones while walking.
- Never use a headphone or other electronic device while walking.
- If your view is blocked, move to a place where you can see oncoming traffic.
- Never rely on a car to stop.
- Children younger than 10 should cross the street with an adult.
- Only cross at designated crosswalks.
- Wear bright and/or reflective clothing.
- Walk in groups when possible.
Walking is one of the most healthy things we can do–but only if we put safety first.
The Cleveland Police Foundation, in partnership with the Cleveland Division of Police and the Ohio Crime Prevention Association present these tips so citizens can help to make our community safer.