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Young Pedestrians

Junior Road Safety Officer campaign, 2017

In 2016, 30% of killed or seriously injured pedestrian casualties were under the age of 16.

Tips to keep young pedestrians safe:

Teach young children to…

Hold hands with an adult when they go out and don’t let them run ahead. Make sure that young children always stop at the kerb and then look and listen for traffic. Every time you & your child/children stop at the kerb, train them to look both ways and to listen for vehicles that are not always easy to see, like cyclists, cars coming around a bend, etc.

Remind them…

They must use their eyes and ears together when checking the road as sometimes you can hear traffic before you can see it. Teach young children to be aware that cars on the road travel closest to you from the right. This is why a pedestrian should look right first (right, left, right). Children under the age of ten may not able to judge speed, distance or the origin of sound as well as adults can, so they should look for bigger gaps in the traffic than adults might look for.

Set a good example…

Remember, children copy adults so set a good example whenever you can. Always wait for the Green Man and check that all the vehicles have stopped before crossing and always look both ways.


Stop, look all around & listen. This also applies to car parks, children should learn of the potential dangers in car parks. Also be aware of driveways which cars may be backing out or driving into. Teach young pedestrians that if they are unable to see the driver, the driver will not be able to see the pedestrian. Avoid crossing where your visibility is poor, for example: the brow of a hill, a corner or close to parked cars.

Key statistics

In 2016 30% of KSI pedestrian casualties were under 16.

of 0-16 years KSI casualties between 2014-2017 were pedestrians.

Over 80% of these young pedestrians were aged 11-12.