Crossing Safely?

I’m an “expert” on what I’m about to say to you because as a young child I was hit by a car.  My sister and I weren’t supposed to cross the street.  I was 4 or 5, so my sister had to be 9 or 10 years old.  She thought I was right behind her.  I wasn’t.  That day I was one of the lucky ones, unlike a girl I tutored who was hit by a bus.

I’ve regrettably realized within the past few months, that there are children who do not know how to safely cross the street.  They think they only have to look left and then right or look both ways.  That is not correct.  They have to look left, then right and then left again.  Cars go fast. How do I know this information?  Well, my second children’s book, Look Left, Look Right, Look Left Again has been published this year by Greene Bark Press (ages 3-8) and as an author we give presentations to children and we get feedback.  I’ve heard from children, parents, librarians, teachers and grandparents as well as from crossing guards who agree that some children do not know how to cross safely, to look out for cars, trucks, trains, buses, etc. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Fatality Analysis Reporting Systems, 22,350 child pedestrians were nonfatally injured in motor vehicle-related incidents in 2010 and 501 children were killed.  Let’s make these numbers go down.  Let’s Teach our children Well…

Ginger Pate


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