Wednesday is International Walk Your Child To School Day |

Wednesday is International Walk Your Child To School Day

Staff report

In honor of International Walk Your Child To School Day, Wednesday, Care Flight would like to remind people about the growing concern of pedestrian safety. Walking is great exercise and you can go almost anywhere on your own two feet. However, walking can also be dangerous.

From January through June 30, 2007, Carson City has had five pedestrian accidents and two accidents involving bicycles, according to the Nevada Accident Repository.

Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk and you have to walk in the road, always walk FACING traffic, so you can see any car that might go out of control.

Dress to be seen. Brightly colored clothing makes it easier for drivers to see you during the daytime. At night, you need to wear special reflective material on your shoes, cap or jacket to reflect the headlights of cars coming toward you.

Cross only at corners or marked crosswalks.

Stop at the curb, or the edge of the road.

Stop and look left, then right, then left again, before you step into the street.

If you see a car, wait until it goes by. Then look left, right and left again until no cars are coming.

If a car is parked where you are crossing, make sure there is no driver in the car. Then go to the edge of the car and look left-right-left until no cars are coming. Keep looking for cars while you are crossing, and remember, walk. Don’t run.