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Tips for a safe way to school

22.08.2013 From our online archive
Before kids go back to school in September, road safety agency “Sécurité Routière” urges parents to practise the safest way to school with their children before the new school year begins.

(CS/nas) Before kids go back to school in September, road safety agency “Sécurité Routière” urges parents to practise the safest way to school with their children before the new school year begins.

The association has released a set of guidelines for parents to help ensure maximum safety of their children.

  • It is important to find the safest way to school, even if it may not be the fastest or the shortest. This includes finding the route with the least crossings and making sure that crossings are either equipped with traffic lights or a zebra crossing;
  • children should be taught to wait by a zebra crossing until no cars are approaching or until a car has fully stopped before making their way to the other side of the road. Children should also establish eye contact with the driver, and double check that all is clear towards the middle of the road and crossing over to the other side;
  • road crossings with limited visibility should be avoided, for example when they are located just ahead or behind a road bend or hillock. Children should also be taught not to approach the road from between parked cars, or, if this is unavoidable, to approach slowly and wait for cars to stop before crossing the road;
  • when practising crossing a road at a traffic light, children should be taught to look before crossing, even when the light is green. Should the light switch to red while the child is crossing, they should proceed to the other side quickly;
  • parents should discuss the right behaviour at different stages of the way to school several times with their children and always act as a positive role model and example in traffic.

Finally, the “Sécurité Routière” commented that the better a child knows the way to school and its risks ahead of the start of the new school year, the safer it will be.

A brochure in Luxembourgish and French for additional tips is available from the “Sécurité Routière” by posting stamps worth 1.20 euros and a recipient address to:

Sécurité Routière, BP 29, L-8005 Bertrange