Many of us remember being taught the Green Cross Code as a child, and to this day, this remains the mantra to remember when we’re pedestrians.
The Code provides a guide to help people cross roads safely. From the age of eight years, children can be taught the Green Cross Code whilst boys and girls below this age should be taught the more basic message of Stop, Look and Listen.
To be a safe pedestrian, use your eyes, ears, judgement and common sense.
You and your child should:
- STOP with toes behind the kerb, or edge of the road if there is no footpath
- LOOK in all directions for approaching traffic
- LISTEN in all directions for approaching traffic
When safe to do so, walk straight across the road. Keep LOOKING and LISTENING for traffic while crossing.
Make sure you know the safer places to cross the road:
- Whenever possible, use a pedestrian crossing such as a pelican crossing or a zebra crossing;
- Have a clear view of approaching traffic, so the drivers can also see you.
Even at crossings you must remain alert and check whether vehicles are stopping.
Always make sure traffic has actually stopped before stepping onto the road;
- At railway level crossings, wait for the bells and lights to stop and the boom barriers to be raised before crossing.
- Many accidents occur because pedestrians cross immediately after a train, not realising a second train is coming.