The clocks returned to standard time this past Sunday and we want to remind our ISANA families that this is a great opportunity to talk to their children about the importance of practicing pedestrian safety as they walk to and from school.
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), an earlier sunset can lead to an increase in pedestrian-related accidents. Following some simple safety tips can lower the number of pedestrians seriously injured by vehicles and make them more aware of their surroundings.
Here are some pedestrian safety tips we can all follow:
- Always obey all traffic signs, signals and school crossing guards.
- Look both ways before crossing the street and always use the crosswalks.
- Walk in pairs and be mindful of your surroundings.
- Follow the safe route to school you picked with your parents; don’t take shortcuts.
- Walk, don’t run across the street.
- Never push, shove, or chase each other while walking.
- Watch out for cars at every driveway and be on the lookout for drivers in parked cars that might be getting ready to move.
- Don’t use headphones or earbuds, text, or do anything else that may prevent you from hearing traffic or distract your attention.
- Never take rides from strangers, or even people you know, without permission from your parents.
Please remember that children model the behavior of adults, so always be mindful of pedestrian rules and set a good example for our students.