In Canada, pedestrian injuries are one of the leading causes of injury-related deaths for children 14 years of age and younger.
Each death remains a tragedy – most often a preventable one. Injuries to child pedestrians are often severe. They may be left with long-term disabilities, emotional strain and financial burdens that can last a lifetime.
Be a role model.
Talk to your child about safe pedestrian practices while you walk. Over time, your frequent demonstrations will become ingrained in their approach to crossing roads. But remember, if you jaywalk, or run across a street against a light with your child while walking, you can expect them to do the same thing when they are crossing the street independently. Ask others who are responsible for your child’s welfare (older siblings, grandparents, daycare staff) to discuss safe crossing when they accompany your child on outings. If you follow the law and use safe practices your child will likely follow your example.
For more information on Parachute and pedestrian safety: https://parachute.ca/en/injury-topic/pedestrian-safety/
Here is a link to a 30 second video on Crosswalk safety from Parachute Canada: https://youtu.be/lbPmc3os0KY