Pedestrian Safety

Roads, footpaths, driveways and shopping centre car parks can pose a number of hazards for young children

Walking is an important part of a child’s life. It is important for their health, fitness, and their ability to get around their neighbourhood. Getting to and home from school may also rely on walking.

Before 5 years of age children should never be left alone to cope with traffic situations. It is important that you hold your child’s hand at all times when near traffic. Set a good example for your child to copy. Explain to your child what you are doing when you cross the road together.

From 5 to 9 years, children should still be supervised at all times near traffic.

Tips to keep your child safe

  • Hold hands when crossing the road.
  • Set a good example for children around traffic. Children are always watching – they want to be grown up like older children and adults.
  • Talk with children about traffic and road safety.

Further information can be found in these two fact sheets:

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