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Teaching Children About Traffic Safety

Why Is It Important to Teach Traffic Safety to Children?

The answer to this question seems obvious: children do not have the maturity and understanding of adults, and they are a precious part of all our lives. However, beyond this there are other issues which make teaching children about traffic safety a great concern. Children often do not fully understand the potential results of a traffic incident. If children do not understand the basics of traffic safety, they may quickly make movements which cannot be anticipated by drivers. Characteristics of children in traffic include the following.

Child Traffic Incident Characteristics

Studies of traffic incidents involving children as pedestrians or bicyclists reveal:

Teaching Traffic Safety to Children

Teaching children about traffic safety requires repetitive discussions and examples. Some important messages include the following. Children should understand that the lessons apply to all streets.

Teach Children Actively

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