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CBRPS reminds parents/guardians the importance of child pedestrian safety

August 2, 2016

The Cape Breton Regional Police are reminding motorists and parents about the importance of keeping children safe throughout the summer months.

When children are heading outdoors to play, they’re often excited and not thinking about their personal safety.

Parents can help by teaching their children how to stay safe, especially when crossing the road, with these tips:

· Teach them to only cross at intersections that have a marked crosswalk or a pedestrian crossing light.

· Show them the importance of using the Stop, Look and Listen technique, which can help point their way to safety.

· Remind them to make eye contact with the driver before they cross the road.

· Explain why it’s important to walk, not run, through crosswalks.

It’s also important for motorists to be extra cautious in looking for child pedestrians, especially during the summertime.

Tips for motorists:

· Obey the speed limits, especially in residential areas.

· Be aware that there will be a higher number of child pedestrians walking to destinations during the summer months, than there typically would be throughout the school year.

· Use extra caution when driving through school zones, remembering that the speed limit is 30km/h and remains in effect year-round any time children are present.

· Remember that small children are less predictable, fast acting, and harder to see than youth or adults. Pay attention and always anticipate the unexpected.

Have a safe and happy summer from everyone at the Cape Breton Regional Police Service!