August 13, 2020
From 17th - 21st August 2020 APIL will be running its annual Injury Prevention Campaign #IPWeek2020. The focus this year is on road safety for pedestrians, with a particular focus on children who are all preparing to go back to school in September.
The children have been off school for months so before they start back it’s probably a good idea to remind them all about how important road safety is. It’s a great subject to get children of all ages involved in because everyone uses roads and road danger impacts everyone.
It's a fact that road accidents are a major cause of death and injury among young people, especially when they reach secondary school age and gain more independence.
Depending on your child’s age you might be considering letting them walk to school alone or with friends. You will probably feel nervous about this but by teaching age appropriate road safety you can help your child to understand the risks and how to avoid them.
Once you feel that they are ready, allowing your children to walk to school will benefit them in several ways:
- It will give them confidence and independence
- Walking reduces the dependency on cars, and can encourage an overall healthier lifestyle
- Walking to school will also increase a child’s social skills
For your peace of mind, it is advisable to work out the safest route and practice it with your children before letting them walk to school on their own. You need to be sure that they know where they are going, that they are aware of any potential dangers on the way, and make sure that they always use designated crossings or school lollipop crossings where possible.
Warn your children about the dangers of being distracted by their mobile phone or listening to music whilst crossing the road and re-iterate how dangerous this can be.
Regularly remind young children about the Green Cross Code, that way they are sure to stay safe.
- Find a safe place to cross
- Stop just before you get to the kerb
- Look all around for traffic and listen
- If traffic is coming, let it pass
- When it is safe, go straight across the road - do not run
Raising awareness of pedestrian road safety is important, not just for APIL Injury Prevention Week, but throughout the year.
At Spencers Solicitors, we are here to support you if you have had a pedestrian accident or injury.
About the author
Laura is a Paralegal within our Serious Injury Team.
Laura, who joined the team in 1998, originally started as an office junior before training as a Litigator. After gaining extensive experience within personal injury, Laura now specialises in assisting on complex and high value personal injury claims. Over the years she has assisted senior Solicitors in dealing with accident claims involving amputations, serious spinal injuries resulting in permanent disability, brain, head injuries and fatal accidents.