Parents often underestimate the importance of teaching their children about pedestrian safety. Here's a cold, hard fact: Pedestrian injury has been found to be the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among kids ages 5 to 14 years old.
Current traffic trends are enough to boggle the minds of many adults. As for children, their cognitive, developmental, behavioral, physical and sensory abilities are often not enough to protect them from this kind of vehicle traffic-- even the most sophisticated of children is in danger when walking across the road.
Sometimes children just let go of the hands of the adult who is holding them and suddenly rush out right into the traffic. We've all seen this happen before. Children often put too much faith in drivers and believe that they will see them crossing and will automatically stop. Adults know that this is not always the case.
Children also don't have an estimate of the speed of the oncoming vehicle either and believe that they can just cross before the vehicle arrives.A child's vision is also limited and is only about 1/3 of that of an adult. So, a child simply does not see traffic as the danger that adults often do.
In 2003 there were 599 pedestrian related deaths in children ages 5 to 14 years old. The next year saw about 38,400 children in emergency rooms for pedestrian related injuries. The severity of the injury is higher in pedestrian accidents than that in the motor vehicle occupant injuries.
We must protect our children by teaching them the importance of pedestrian safety. It's a lesson that can save your child's lives.