Child pedestrian safety

Parents and carers play a vital part in teaching children how to cross the road safely. When you cross the road, don’t take risks – children will copy you.

Stop, look, listen and think

Remember to find a safe place to cross, then stop, look, listen and think.


  • Stop just before you get to the kerb

  • Do not get too close to the traffic.

  • Give yourself lots of time to have a good look all around.

  • Remember to choose a place to stop where you can see clearly in all directions, and where drivers can see you ‐ try to avoid crossing between parked cars.


  • Look all around for traffic – look right, look left, then look right again


  • Listen carefully, because you can sometimes hear traffic before you can see it.


  • Do not cross until there is a safe gap in the traffic, so that you have lots of time to cross the road.

  • Always choose a place to cross the road where you can see the traffic coming in both directions – a straight part of the road is good for this

  • When it is safe, go straight across the road – do not run

  • Keep looking and listening for traffic while you cross

  • Look out for cyclists and motorcyclists travelling between lanes of traffic.

Tips for parents when driving a child to school

  • Keep the zig-zags clear outside the school

  • Think before you park - are you causing a danger to others, especially children?

  • All children under 135cm (4' 5") in height (or 12th birthday, whichever they reach first) MUST use the correct child restraint

  • If you don't wear your seatbelt, your children will copy you and not wear theirs

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Last updated: Friday 07 June 2019