I had a little girl, about six, run out from in front of a parked car in our subdivision not fifteen minutes ago. Right in front of my car. I wasn't speeding, but the speed limit in our, and most subdivisions, is still 30 MPH. That is fast enough to kill a child. Instantly.
I managed to not hit her because she was able to reverse herself pretty quickly. If she hadn't, she'd be under my car. Not a pretty picture is it? I stopped about three feet ahead of where she popped out from. I could talk to her almost directly from my passenger window. That's a lot of car to stop.
Figure this out. A 1700lb vehicle versus a 30lb child. Who do you think would win?
Don't let your children risk themselves in this way. I am constantly aware of the kids around here because there are so many, but people cutting through our subdivisions don't. People who aren't familiar with the times schools let out don't. Accept that you are the only force to teach your children this valuable and life saving common sense action.
Please keep your children safe.