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Children as Pedestrians
Children’s vulnerability as road users is centred around their cognitive and perceptual abilities which are not fully developed until young adulthood.
Children are at risk on the roads because they:
Children are passengers, pedestrians, cyclists and users of small wheeled vehicles like skateboards. Their road safety skills change over time, and they face different dangers at different points in their development.
Most crashes involving child pedestrians and vehicles are the result of errors made by the children. Children under 10 do not have the necessary cognitive and perceptual skills to negotiate roads without adult supervision.
Extract from Road Safety Commission \ Road Safety Topics \ Children