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Get ready for life on the road;In Brief

The Green Cross Code and old-fashioned kerb drill fail to improve the safety consciousness of children, according to Strathclyde psychologist Professor Hugh Foot.

Children under seven, he said, cannot interpret road safety rules. He said: "If you ask a young child why this or that is a safe place for crossing they will give you a lot of irrelevant detail. Adults need to help children to work out hazards for themselves and can best do this by talking them through computer simulations of traffic.

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