NewsOfficers ask driver and pedestrian safety to be priority number one SHARE ON: Smith Autumn, contributor, Monday, Dec. 22nd, 2014 With last minute Christmas shopping on everyone’s minds, Haliburton Highlands OPP is asking you to keep driver and pedestrian safety the first priority. They’re reminding drivers that children will be outside all day with school out for winter break. The following are some tips they’re sending out:For driversThe last day of school is an exciting time for children and they may become preoccupied and forget the rules of he roadBe ready to stop at all times. Children don’t always notice oncoming traffic. Smaller children are less predictable and harder to seeWatch for clues, a hockey net or ball can mean kids are playing nearbyAlways try to make eye contact with children waiting to cross the roadBe patient and wait for children to complete their crossing before proceedingAlways watch for children as you are backing up. Walk around your vehicle to make sure no small children are behind it.For parentsTeach your children to make eye contact with the driver before they cross the road, even if the walk signal is onStop before stepping into the roadLook in all directions before crossingStop, look and listen for trafficCross safely when the road is clearWalk, don’t run, across the roadDon’t Jaywalk. Teach your children to cross at intersections that have a marked crosswalkAvoid unnecessary shortcuts like walking through a parking lot. Drivers may not see children between parked cars and the children may not see the cars moving.