Keeping children safe in traffic is an important and serious item on the agenda for OECD countries (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), where 36 countries around the world are members. The OECD’s recent report on child safety in traffic drew attention to best practices, how child casualties can be reduced, and ways to encourage children to develop into safe, active, and independent road users. Education includes understanding the risks children face, setting vehicle and bicycle standards, and understanding safety equipment.
PROPER ROAD MARKINGS
In terms of traffic engineering for child safety, most effort has been put into routes to school and the areas directly surrounding school buildings and playgrounds. Such areas should be well-lit, and highly-visible pedestrian signs should be installed to draw drivers’ attention to the presence of children.
By using fluorescent sheeting on these important road crossing signs, you will greatly improve conspicuity. Fluorescent films provide higher night-time and daytime brightness than ordinary (non-fluorescent) coloured sheeting and are therefore a highly effective option to alert drivers to expect children. Fluorescent films were engineered to perform through the poor visibility you’ll encounter during autumn and winter.