Health > Crossing the road safely

Posted on July 17, 2017

John Quilty wants to prevent more pedestrian deaths
According to Department of Transport 2015 the number of pedestrians injured in road traffic accidents in Great Britain was 18,724. Of these 4,940 were serious and 409 pedestrians were killed.

All over the UK teenagers get hit by cars, in towns, cities and on country roads. That is why I would like to give some tips on crossing road safety.

One of the reasons why teenagers get hit by cars is because they are often wearing their headphones listening to music or reading texts from their phones. Because of this they are not looking or listening when they are crossing the road.

According to the University of Maryland in the USA, serious injuries have increased 300% in the last six years for pedestrians wearing headphones. Nearly 70% of those that died in the accidents were under the age of 30.

From my point of view there are a few simple rules that you can follow.

At night you need to always wear something bright so drivers can see you and know where you are.

Remember to look left and right because if you don’t it could be the last mistake you ever make

You also need to find a safe place to cross because, if you cross near a bend, the driver may not see you until it’s too late.

Remember to look left and right because if you don’t it could be the last mistake you ever make.

If you want to cross a busy road use a pedestrian crossing or a footbridge, if there is one.

Crossings are the safest place to cross on the road as pedestrians are given priority.

There are two main types of pedestrian crossings, Zebra and Pelican.

Zebra crossings are where pedestrians can walk on the road and the cars wait but remember to look left and right because some cars might not stop at this crossing.

A Pelican crossing is a crossing where people can press a button and wait for the green man.

Once the green man shows you can cross but still look left and right because some car drivers may not stop at pelican crossings. 17 people died on Pelican crossings in the UK in 2012; three were children, 14 adults.

Don’t walk in the road. Footways or footpaths along the side of a road should always be used if provided. Where possible, avoid being next to the kerb with your back to the traffic. If you have to step into the road, look both ways first. Always show you are taking care and consideration for others around you.

This advert is about why you should not cross at a corner.

Think is road safety information for road users and young people to understand more about road safety.

So please remember to be careful on the road and please use road crossings to prevent injury or death.

John Quilty
John Quilty is a student from Harington Scheme who aspires to be an adventure story writer and become a film maker.


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