The Florida Department of Transportation reminds everyone, during the summer, children are at increased risk of transportation-related injuries from pedestrian, bicycle, and motor vehicle crashes. Follow these tips to keep Parkland children safe:
- Slow down and obey all traffic laws, speed limits, and traffic signals.
- Watch for children walking or biking in the street, especially where there are no sidewalks.
- Be alert for children playing and for those who may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
- Watch for children walking, biking, skating, or skateboarding when you are backing out of a driveway or garage.
- Be a good role model. Always buckle up in the car, wear a helmet when biking, and follow pedestrian safety rules.
- Supervise young children as they are walking, biking, or skating.
- Provide your children with bright clothing so motorists can easily see them.
- Make sure your child is buckled in the appropriate child safety seat and, if under 13 years old, in the back seat.
- Make sure your teen driver understands and obeys all state traffic laws.
- Always buckle up when riding in a car. Always ride in the back seat, it is the safest place for young passengers.
- Always wear a helmet and follow traffic safety rules when riding a bike.
- Learn and practice safety rules for pedestrians. Use the sidewalk when one is available and walk facing traffic.
- When crossing the street, look left-right-then left again. Cross only at crosswalks and obey all traffic signs and signals.
- When driving, obey speed limits and minimize distractions. No texting, talking on a phone, or eating.
- When driving, do not overload your vehicle and ensure all passengers are wearing a seat belt.
- When driving, be a good role model for younger brothers, sisters, and friends. Help them learn and follow safety rules.