School’s out for summer… which means children are out and about

June 27, 2014

As summer holidays begin for thousands of youth in our region, London Health Sciences Centre's (LHSC) Trauma Program wants everyone to be aware of their surroundings and to be on the lookout for children on bicycles, and crossing roadways.

“As students leave school for the summer, drivers need to be aware of young people at intersections, crosswalks and children running into the street,” says Jane Harrington, Injury Prevention Specialist at LHSC. “London’s streets, especially residential ones, will see more pedestrian, or bicycle, traffic at times that were previously quieter.”   

Here are some ways drivers can keep us all safe this summer:

  • Slower vehicle speeds cut the risk of pedestrian injuries and fatalities - Slow down and check your blind spots and mirrors
  • Share the Road: Be aware of cyclists - they are road users too.  Give them space. One metre or three feet is a safe distance to pass

“Parents should take time to talk with their children about pedestrian safety,” continues Harrington. “Simple tips such as checking both ways before crossing the road, only crossing at intersections, and using streets with sidewalks are practical safety tips every child should be taught.”

“We want everyone to have a fun, safe summer”.

 Mom with children beside road

 

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