STOP! TAKE 3 TO SEE™ is a campaign designed to educate motorists about the correct way to observe STOP signs and to teach children how to safely cross the street. The steps are as follows:
How To Cross the Street
STOP! TAKE 3 TO SEE™
- 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.
How to Honor a Stop Sign
STOP! TAKE 3 TO SEE™
- Come to a full and complete stop.
- Look left. Look right. 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.
NOTE: Bus drivers can also utilize STOP! TAKE 3 TO SEE™ to make sure the coast is totally clear after dropping students off.
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 Tom@kkad25.org.
FOCUS ON DATA - STOP! TAKE 3 TO SEE™
The National Safe Kids Campaign issued a press release in October 2003 on 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.”
STOP! TAKE 3 TO SEE™ promotes correct observance of stop signs – no matter where these appear. For more information about how to integrate this initiative in to your overall approach to traffic safety, please call or e-mail. We want to see these numbers come down as we all do what is in our power to create safer streets for the benefit of all.
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