# Skill Three: Crossing Safely Near Junctions The Problem Junctions are difficult for adults let alone children,reason being: Traffic can arrive from several.

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Skill Three: Crossing Safely Near Junctions

The Problem Junctions are difficult for adults let alone children,reason being: Traffic can arrive from several directions means that there is a lot of information to remember. Children find this difficult. Pedestrians must look in all relevant directions.Children forget to look behind. Junctions take a number of different forms. Pedestrians need to learn a good procedure.

What the children should learn The training will introduce children to three different junctions SIMPLE JUNCTIONS ( T-Junctions) HAZARDOUS JUNCTIONS (With parked Cars) COMPLEX JUNCTIONS (Staggered Junctions)

Crossing at a Simple Junction A simple T-junction with no parked cars: (see resource sheet) 1.Move to the kerb 2.Make sure your view down all three streets is not blocked 3.Stop at the kerb 4.Look down the road furthest RIGHT(may be behind you) 5.Look to the LEFT(could be in front) 6.If clear look down the next road to the LEFT 7.If clear scan through all three directions again 8.If the view is not clear explain that it would not be safe to cross. 9.If it is safe, cross in a straight line around the corner in a safe place. 10.If traffic is coming STOP and go back to the kerb and start again.

Crossing Near Hazardous Junction Still a T-Junction but with parked cars,hedges or other obstructions (See Resource sheet) 1.Choose a position at the corner and STOP at the kerb 2.Look down the road furthest to the RIGHT.If you have a clear view… 3.Look down the next street to the LEFT.If its clear… 4.Look down the next road to your LEFT again.In this case you can’t see past the parked car. 5.Explain that if it is not possible to see down all the roads,you must move to clearer site. 6.Move away from corner to get a better view 7. Scan through the three directions again. 8.If you have a clear view say it would be safe, cross in a straight line around the corner in a safe place. 9.If traffic comes STOP and start again when traffic has passed.

Cross Near Complex(staggered) Junction Traffic can approach from four directions it is even more difficult: (see Resource sheet) 1.Start from a position a short distance from the corner. 2.Stop at the kerb 3.Look down the road to the RIGHT.If clear…. 4.Look down the next street to the LEFT. If clear… 5.Look down the next road to your LEFT. If clear… 6.Scan through the sequence again. 7.If you have a clear view and no traffic coming it would be safe to cross in a straight line around the corner in a safe place (wall behind etc) 8.If traffic should come at any stage STOP and start the sequence again when it’s safe.

Aims To equip volunteers to be able to: 1.Teach children how to position themselves at the junction so that they can see down all roads leading to the junction. 2.Teach children a systematic search strategy when looking for cars 3.Teach children what to do in order to cross safely at different types of junctions 4.Many accidents involving children occur near junctions because the traffic movements are very complex, children have not learned how to deal with this complexity we have to show them the way.

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