Civics for Kids: Why Stop At Red Lights?

Blog Post created by teachontarioteam on Apr 17, 2015


We've teamed up with the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust (CCLET) to create civics scenarios to help kids, parents and teachers have conversations about civics-related issues. We encourage parents and teachers to take 15 minutes out of your day to tell kids a story and ask the questions below. There are no rules except to be open to everyone’s ideas and remember there are no right answers. Feel free to come up with your own questions, and please share what you learned in the comments below. In this installment of our series, we take a look at the right to liberty and how laws may affect our rights.




My friend was walking down the street last week when she heard a loud noise and saw bright lights flashing. As she reached the corner, the stop light turned red so she stopped and waited to cross the street.


But while she was waiting, a big red fire engine, going very fast, rushed past her and went right through the intersection when the light was still red. My friend knows that the rule says everyone, drivers as well as people walking, must stop when the light turns red. Was it fair that the fire engine did not stop at the red light?