Traffic Safety

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There are many different safety rules that you can follow to help make sure you stay safe when you walk in and around your neighborhood or other neighborhoods, wait for a bus, or ride in a car.

Walking or jogging means that you should always follow these safety rules:

  • Always look both ways before crossing the street. It helps to look left, then look right and look left again before you make a move to cross. Be sure you walk and do not run as you cross so that you can keep looking both ways while you are crossing.

  • Try to always walk on sidewalks or paths, but if there are no sidewalks for you to use, walk as far to the left as possible and be sure to walk facing traffic.

  • Never run into the street without stopping — even for a ball, other toy, pet or any other reason.
  • Know and obey traffic signals and signs.
  • Cross streets at corners using traffic signals and crosswalks when they are there. Do Not Jaywalk! Do Not enter the street from between parked cars!

  • When crossing at an intersection, make eye contact with drivers of cars before you cross in front of them.

  • Again, always cross at corners where streets meet, don't jaywalk! Stop at the curb, or edge of the road if there isn't a curb before you cross. If there is a signal, wait until the light is right to cross.

  • Watch for cars that are turning into or backing out of driveways.

  • Never sit on the ground too close to a parked car or truck. Many times drivers cannot see you and kids get hurt very badly that way.

If you ride a school bus or other type of bus, you should follow these rules:

  • Get to the bus stop early so that you are not in a hurry.
  • Don't goof around while you wait and be sure to stay on the sidewalk, don't go into the street.

  • Wait for the bus to stop before you step off the curb to get onto the bus.
  • Watch out for cars that may not stop as they should. Cars may not be looking out for you, so you have to watch out for them!

Once you are on the bus:

  • Stay in your seat at all times when the bus is moving.
  • DO NOT put your head and arms out the windows when the bus is moving.
  • Wait for the bus to come to a full stop before trying to get off the bus.
  • If you need to cross the street in front of the bus and you are not with a Bus Aide (that is a person who helps make sure cars stop before you cross), stay at least 10 feet away from the front of the bus so that the driver can watch as you cross. Wait until the driver tells you it is okay to cross. Sometimes traffic does not stop right away and you could get hit by a car, so be sure to check that traffic has stopped before crossing.

Riding in a car means that you should be following these safety rules:

  • ALL KIDS who are 12 and under NEED TO RIDE IN THE BACK SEAT! The air bags installed for front passenger seats can cause injury to younger children.
  • Kids who are between 4 and 8 years old should be using a booster seat that is held in with a lap and shoulder belt every time they ride. Safety belts in cars are made for adults and they do not protect children of this age and size in a crash.
  • Once you reach 80 pounds and are at least 8 years old, lap and shoulder belts alone usually fit the right way, so you can begin to wear them without a booster seat.
  • NEVER put the shoulder belt portion of a seat belt behind your back or under your arms. This sort of thing can leave you open for serious injury during an accident.

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