Children are vulnerable road users owing to their size, developing senses and short attention span. A child’s small size makes it difficult for them to be seen and see traffic well. A child’s sense of hearing has not matured to enable them correctly and consistently determine the direction of sound. Compounding the problem further is the fact that children are easily distracted due to their short attention span. The net effect is that these factors limit a child’s ability to safely navigate a complex and dangerous road traffic environment on a daily basis as they
World Health Organisation publication Ten Strategies for Keeping Children Safe on the Road provides a blue print for children’s road safety management. Ten strategies are elaborated in the publication and are depicted below.