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Child Pedestrian Safety Precautions For Drivers Of Motor Vehicles

November 19, 2014 Hastings and Hastings

Child Pedestrian Safety Precautions For Drivers Of Motor Vehicles

Operating a motor vehicle when school is back in session involves being more cautious and more careful than would otherwise be the case. This is an important consideration so as to increase safety when sharing the road with child pedestrians. It is a proven fact that the young and elderly are typically the most common victims of automobile and pedestrian related collisions. Drivers should always remember that pedestrians have the right-of-way at intersections.

Blocking A Crosswalk

One important safety precaution for drivers operating around school zones, bus stops, buses and school areas is to never block a crosswalk when stopping at a red light. This is equally true when stopping to make a right-hand turn. Blocking the crosswalk can cause confusion in children and ultimately may result in an accident. Blocking a crosswalk can easily put children and adults alike in a risky or hazardous situation. Also important and worth noting is when operating in a school zone where flashes are blinking that a motor vehicle operator must stop and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.

Highly Unpredictable Pedestrians

In addition, automobile drivers should be prepared to stop when directed to do so by a crossing guard or school patrol sign. Crossing guards should be watched closely and their instructions should be followed with great care. Because children are considered to be highly unpredictable pedestrians and because they are difficult to see it is critical to stay proactive when operating a motor vehicle in an area where children are present. Drivers should also refrain from honking a horn or causing some other type of distraction that could result in children becoming confused or panicked.

Operate A Vehicle In A Slow And Meticulous Manner

It is no surprise that a child pedestrian is more at risk on the road than an adult. That is why it is so essential to exercise extreme caution and always be proactive when operating a motor vehicle in a school zone or in any other type of area where children may be present. From playgrounds to residential areas and even parking lots, children can be difficult to see. Drivers should play it safe and operate a vehicle in a slow and meticulous manner when children are present or suspected to be present. Contact Hastings & Hastings to learn more about Phoenix personal injury law.