Let's Have a Safe Summer
School is out and summer fun is in full swing. You will likely see more kids out in the neighborhood and our parks, enjoying the sunshine and playing with friends. Unfortunately, unintentional pedestrian injuries are the 5th leading cause of injury-related death for children aged 5 to 19. Parents and drivers have a role to play to keeping everyone safe this summer.
Drivers should consider these safety tips:
- Slow down and always obey the speed limit and traffic control devices. This is not really advice - it is the law! This applies to any season, in any environment.
- Watch for children at play. Further reduce your speed and remain cautious around parks and in residential neighborhoods.
Parents should also discuss safety issues with their kids:
- Teach kids to look left, right, then left again before crossing the street and continue looking until safely across.
- Walk on sidewalks and paths whenever possible and try to only cross at corners.
- Although every child is different, experts state that children under 10 should cross the street with an adult, because they are generally developmentally unable to judge the speed and distance of oncoming cars. Consider your child’s abilities when setting rules for which, if any, streets they are allowed to cross without an adult.
- Kids should not play in the street. Keep the fun in your yards or the parks.
- When walking around cars, remind your kids to keep their heads up and phones down. Limit distractions so they can concentrate on safety when in traffic.
We hope to see all of you out in the parks and neighborhoods this summer, so let’s get there safe!
Huntley Safety 1st is the monthly education series written by the staff of the Huntley Police Department. On the first of each month, we provide citizens with information on a different public safety related issue.