LHSC recognizes National School Safety Week

Drivers urged to give children the right of way

October 17, 2012

Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death among Canadian children and youth, from one to 19 years of age.*  

During the fiscal year 2009/2010, over 620 people under the age of 19 were treated in the London Health Sciences Centre Emergency Departments for road injuries. These include vulnerable school-aged children; walking, biking or riding to school. Everyone using Canadian roadways has a role to play concerning safety around school-aged pedestrians, cyclists and school buses.  London Health Sciences Centre Trauma Program wants to ensure the safety of everyone sharing our roads.  Here are some helpful hints (particularly for school aged children).

 Walkers!

  1. Always cross at intersections or designated crosswalks
  2. If there are no sidewalks…walk facing traffic
  3. Be seen… wear bright coloured clothing or reflective strips
  4. Pay attention to the traffic...avoid using cell phones or listening to music while crossing the street

Drivers!

  1. Reduce your speed in school zones
  2. Be aware of school zone crossings and obey the crossing guards
  3. Be ready to stop at all times. Make eye contact with children wanting to cross the roads as they do not always notice oncoming traffic
  4. Check your blind spots often for cyclists
  5. Yield to pedestrians

Bikers!

  1. Wear a helmet
  2. Obey all traffic signals
  3. Stop for school buses when the upper red lights are flashing and the stop arm is out
  4. Be seen

More information - www.healthunit.com/roadsafety.aspx

*(CHIRPP, 2009)

 

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