There have been guest speakers, field trips and videos in class all to help to keep students interested in the curriculum. But teachers took it a step further and put on a lifelike demonstration to help to educate our young students about the risks of a pedestrian accident in Fort Collins and elsewhere throughout the state. It was more than just teaching these students these kinds of accidents, it was also a lesson in physics and how these kinds of impacts can kill, according to FOX31.
Officials with the Thorton Fire Department help to put on the show for seventh graders at Shadow Ridge Middle School. During the presentation, three law enforcement vehicles were speeding to the scene of an accident. To add to the lesson, officers even “arrested” a drunk driver. Thornton Police officer Jesus Mendez says that he is a supporter of these lifelike lesson plans.
Our Fort Collins accident lawyers understand the risks that our young children are at for pedestrian accidents. As children are let out of school, more and more of them will be playing near our roadways. Unfortunately, our young ones don’t fully understand the workings and the dangers of vehicular traffic. For this reason, it’s important to make sure that we talk to them about these dangers. Parents can’t be there all the time and when we’re not we want to make sure that our young ones can hold their own near traffic.
Consider sharing the tips, from SafeKids, listed below with the child in your family to help to keep them out of a potentially fatal pedestrian accident.
Child Pedestrian Tips:
-Children under the age of 10 should never cross the road aloe.
-Always walk along a sidewalk.
-Be on the lookout for vehicles that are turning or backing up.
-Children should walk along roadways that are away from busy, fast-traveling traffic.
-Walk on direct routes to your destination. Chose the route with the fewest street crossings.
-Teach your child never to run out into a street for a toy, a ball, a pet or for any other reason.
-Make sure that your child is wearing clothing and accessories that have retro reflective materials on them when walking near dawn and dusk or in other low-light situations, such as rainy or foggy weather.