Stu­dents lead by ex­am­ple on road safety

Lo­cal cops walk with stu­dents

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Clau­dia Alp clau­dia.alp@whit­sun­day­

WALK­ING EX­AM­PLE: Mem­bers of the Whit­sun­day Po­lice walked to school along­side Can­non­vale State School stu­dents on Mon­day morn­ing as part of Road Safety Week. The week aims to ed­u­cate peo­ple of all ages about the im­por­tance of stay­ing safe on the road through a se­ries of key mes­sages.

AT FIRST glance, Mon­day morn­ing scenes at Whis­per Bay ap­peared oddly rem­i­nis­cent of the movie Up as uni­formed school chil­dren held bal­loons and at­tempted not to get air­borne.

The re­al­ity was in fact a Walk to Can­non­vale State School in gusty con­di­tions, led by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Whit­sun­day Po­lice to kick off Road Safety Week.

Ed­u­ca­tion be­ing one of the many facets of this week, Se­nior Con­sta­ble Nathan Bent­ley said the walk pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to teach road safety to young chil­dren at a ground-roots level.

“We’re walk­ing kids to school to­day and ask­ing the par­ents to come along with us for some­thing dif­fer­ent to try and keep ev­ery­one safe and teach them that it’s a healthy way to get to school,” he said.

“Road Safety is ev­ery­one’s busi­ness, that’s our slo­gan. We want ev­ery­one to get in­volved in road safety.

“There’s been a few fa­tal­i­ties on road in the last week. We need to try and pro­mote safety with ev­ery­one, par­tic­u­larly the young chil­dren be­cause it starts with them.”

Mother of stu­dents Cather­ine and Hayden Turn­bull, Nah said she was thrilled that the Whit­sun­day Po­lice had cho­sen to in­volve the chil­dren in Road Safety Week.

“As a par­ent it’s a nice way to in­tro­duce the chil­dren to our lo­cal po­lice force and to join a com­mu­nity event that pro­motes health and well-be­ing,” she said.

“Par­tic­u­larly at this school where there are is­sues with traf­fic con­trol, it’s a very busy road the chil­dren have to negate.

“It’s a nice way for them to learn with the po­lice su­per­vi­sion to­day.”

Road Safety Week be­gan on Mon­day and will run un­til Au­gust 31.

Whit­sun­day Po­lice will be con­tin­u­ing to en­force road safety, not only this week, but on­go­ing.

We need to try and pro­mote road safety with ev­ery­one, par­tic­u­larly with young chil­dren be­cause it starts with them. — Se­nior Con­sta­ble Nathan Bent­ley



ROAD SAFETY: Whit­sun­day Po­lice walk with Can­non­vale State School stu­dents as part of Road Safety Week.

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