With many schools, parks and playgrounds closed or restricted due to COVID-19 over the last while, 52% of British Columbians say they’re seeing more kids playing outside around their neighbourhood in different places, such as driveways, alleys and laneways.
A BCAA survey by Insights West reveals increased traffic and poor driving behaviours that could put kids playing outside at risk. 45% of those polled have seen increased driving speeds in residential areas, and 43% said they’ve observed drivers not obeying stop signs in school zones, many of which are in residential areas where kids play.
- Talk to your kids about road safety and not playing on or near the road. Supervise younger kids and check-in frequently even with older kids.
- Teach your kids to ask an adult for help retrieving toys that roll into the street or driveway.
- Make helmets a rule. Kids (and grown-ups) need to wear them when using anything with wheels. For added safety, add lights and reflectors.
- Dress your kids in bright, reflective clothing, so they’re easier for drivers to see.
- Show your kids how to cross the street at an intersection. Teach them about looking both ways and making eye contact with drivers before crossing.
- Remind your kids to never cross the street between parked cars.
Request a FREE Slow Down Kids Playing Sign to place on your lawn at bcaa.com/communitysafety. Available while supplies last and limit one sign per household.