Educating Motorists, Pedestrians, and Kids
Dedicated to Tia Townsend, Owen Brezitski, Sierra Feaster, and Elijah Alvitre
STOP! TAKE 3 TO SEE™ is a campaign designed to educate motorists about the correct way to observe stop signs and traffic lights (especially when making righthand or lefthand turns) and to teach children how to safely cross the street. See how below.
How to Honor a Stop Sign
- Come to a full and complete stop—wheels completely still.
- Look left. Look right. Then look left again to make sure all is clear before proceeding.
- Look for pedestrians/bicyclists and wave them through until they are safely across the street before proceeding.
Bus drivers can also utilize STOP! TAKE 3 TO SEE™ to make sure the coast is totally clear after dropping students off.
How to Observe a Traffic Signal When Making a Turn
- Come to a complete stop.
- Look. Make sure no one is in the crosswalk and, if turning left, make sure all oncoming traffic has cleared the intersection.
- Proceed with caution, continuing to be aware of the presence of pedestrians.
For more information about how to begin a STOP! TAKE 3 TO SEE™ campaign in your community,
please call Tom Everson at (402) 334-1391 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Cross the Street
- Look for the nearest crosswalk if there is one.
- Stop at the curb. The then look left, look right, and then look left again to make sure all is clear before proceeding
- If a car is present, be sure to make eye contact with the driver and make sure the car stops to let you cross.
Focus on Data: A Study from The National Safe Kids Campaign
The National Safe Kids Campaign issued a study conducted in partnership with FedEx Express on observance of stop signs. In part, findings include:
- Of vehicles surveyed, more than a third (37 percent) of motorists rolled through stop signs at intersections and nearly a tenth (7 percent) of motorists did not even slow down before the stop sign.
- At intersections with marked crosswalks, one quarter (25 percent) of vehicles stopped in or past the crosswalks.
- When only child pedestrians were present, nearly a third (32 percent) of motorists violated the stop signs.
- At intersections where pedestrians were crossing, nearly a quarter (24 percent) of drivers did not come to a complete stop.
The report further states that, “Each year, stop sign violations are associated with approximately 200 fatal crashes and 17,000 non-fatal injury crashes. Children are at risk of injury when stop sign and pedestrian right-of-way laws are violated.”