Staying Safe

Traffic is the biggest single cause of accidental death for 12 – 16 year olds

Why is this

Now you’re at secondary school, you are more likely to be travelling more independently or with friends and can be easily distracted by them or by mobile phones. Talking and messing about with friends, texting, talking on a phone and listening to music are all distractions that make pedestrians less safe.

What can you do

Make sure you plan your journeys carefully choosing the safest not the shortest route and using safe crossing places where you can. Make yourself seen to traffic by wearing bright colours during the day and reflective materials when dark. Always give the road your FULL attention. Allow your calls to go to voicemail, ignore any text messages and turn your music off whilst crossing the road; it can all wait until you are safely across the road. Remember it takes 23 metres for a car travelling at 30mph to stop - that's about 6 car lengths, and this doubles when wet!

For further information and lesson ideas for young people visit Think! road safety