South Australian Police are asking parents and caregivers to take time to talk to their children about road safety, especially with most students returning to school next week.
Senior Sergeant Sue O’Connor, Road Safety Centre officer in charge, said whether children walked to school, rode a bike, or were getting out of cars, there were important rules to highlight for their safety.
Senior Sergeant O’Connor said motorists should remember that excitement or nerves may also impact the behaviour of children who were returning to school.
“I would remind everyone who is on the roads to be wary and take extra care on Monday – both in the morning and when school gets out in the afternoon,” she said.
“Children can be less visible, their behaviour less predictable and their judgement less well-honed than adults.
“Police will have a highly visible presence around schools on Monday, but we can’t be everywhere, so it is vital that everyone takes steps to protect our most vulnerable road users.”
Topics to bring up with children can include:
WALKING TO SCHOOL
Where possible walk with family or friends; walk a familiar route; use marked crossings; walk don’t run – make sure sufficient time is allowed to ensure a child is not rushing; stop and look both ways before crossing the street
RIDING TO SCHOOL
A helmet must be worn, no matter how short the ride; where possible ride with family or friends using bike lanes where possible; follow normal road rules, riding on the footpath where appropriate and obeying crossing signals
TAKING PUBLIC TRANSPORT/BUS TO SCHOOL
Always wait for the bus, tram or train to stop before getting on or off; Wait until the bus has moved on before crossing the road; Pay attention to other traffic in the area; Stay in the bus driver’s view; Never move around on the bus - take a seat and stay there
DRIVING TO SCHOOL
Wear a seatbelt on all journeys; get out of the car on the footpath side of the vehicle; don’t double park outside a school; try to allow sufficient time to arrive at your designation without rushing