In Switzerland, children are provided a free yellow, reflective traffic triangle that is worn to and from school. It is placed over clothing around the neck. Children are, also, given traffic training by a professional starting at age five which is the first year a child can go to school.
Sweet Bear was given the training by a policeman. The kids were taken to a real road in front of my daughter’s school and each child practiced crossing the road under the supervision of the officer.
After the training at school each child in her class was sent home with a card game, Triplo (jeu de famille), to play at home with their parents to reinforce what was learned.
Here is a back view of my daughter’s yellow triangle which is made by Trikora.
Here is a front view.
Behind one of the circles is a plastic slot that Velcros shut. Inside, on a small piece of white paper, is my daughter’s name and school information.
The traffic triangle is available in the United States for around thirteen bucks. You can even buy one for your dog!
I would really like to see this kind of thing implemented in America and France as well as other countries.
Schools play an active part in the education of children on road safety. It is taken seriously.
At the beginning of the school year during school hours, I saw older children on bikes with a teacher practicing how to ride a bike safely on the roads.
Rentrée scolaire! Pensez aux enfants! (School starts! Think of the children!) is an initiative put in place right before each new school year.
It reinforces road safety for drivers in regard to children walking to and from school or riding bikes. It gives information to parents on how to teach your children to walk or ride their bike safely to and from school.
The key is to continuously reinforce what the child has been taught. In Switzerland, it is not only the responsibility of the parents and teachers but the whole community.