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Pedestrians

Jersey roads are busy! In 2009 there were 113,605 registered cars on the Island.

About 20% of children walk to school every day - it's a great way to stay fit and costs nothing. 

Unfortuantely every year between 20 and 30 children get hit by a car and go to Jersey's Accident & Emergency Department.  

Being Road Safe is vital!

Not every road has a zebra crossing or is free from cars so you need to get Road Safe!

Finding the safest place to cross is not always easy, especially if you are talking to your mates, listening to your iPod and texting.

Time out!!  Stop what you are doing! 

Think

  • Find that safe place to cross and check that the cars have stopped before you try to cross the road. 
  • Did you know that you are more likely to be hit by a car on a pedestrian crossing than anywhere else?!? 
  • Check the cars have stopped before you cross. 

When waiting to cross or walking on the pavement don't go too close to the road.  It's easy to be hit by a cars wing mirror or have your foot run over.

Think - Find a safe place to cross

Stop - Stand on the pavement and look

Look - and Listen out for traffic

Wait - until it's safe to cross

Walk - straight across the road, look and listen too

Be road safe!

Remember, children get no training at school on how to cross the road. Children learn by example - mostly from their parents and friends.

Facts

  • The average age for a child pedestrian related accident was 12 years in 2010 The most common place for a pedestrian child accident was in St Helier followed by St Clements and St Saviour.
  • The most common time of accident was between 3pm and 6.00pm.
  • 16 children were hit by a car in 2010 - with an annual average of 24
  • Roads can be very confusing 

Children need to gain knowledge and experience all the time to become Street Safe. They are also very vulnerable to road accidents as pedestrians. 

Children as old as 11 can struggle to judge speeds and distances of cars as accurately as an adult can.   It's hard for drivers to see them because they are small and difficult for the child to see over the car.  It is recommended (DETR) that children start learning about the Green Cross code from the ages of 7 to 9.

Remember, children get no training at school on how to cross the road.  Children learn by example - mostly from their parents and friends. 

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