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Traffic Light and Zebra Crossing

About Karthika S.

Born in June 1999, Krithika is from Tamil Nadu. She is pursuing B.A. in English Literature from Government Art’s College, Ariyalur. Her father, Swaminathan R., is a truck driver and mother, Manimegalai S., is a homemaker.

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Once upon a time, there was a school situated in the middle of a very big city and was surrounded by very busy roads. The children would often run out of school and start playing, not realising how dangerous it was to play so close by the road. There have already been accidents when children crossed the road without looking or when they run around near the traffic lights.

To stop this from happening again, a local traffic light thought to himself, “Why don’t I warn the children by shouting when cars are coming? Or perhaps I should grab them by the backpack…!”

He thought this would be a very good idea. So, he told his friend the zebra crossing. But the zebra crossing said, “If we do that, we will only cause children in a different neighbourhood to have an accident because they will rely on us to help them but we won’t be there.” The traffic light thought this through and realised that the zebra crossing was right.

So, they decided to do something different. “From now on every day we will explain each child about the dangers of crossing the road without looking and we’ll use videos so that they can see the dangers for themselves.”

The traffic light and the zebra crossing had made the children realise how dangerous roads can be and they were delighted to have thought them to follow the basic rules of road safety.

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