Road safety week focuses on kids
Saving kids’ lives is the ultimate aim of the United Nations Road Safety Week.
Events across the country will focus on some of the most vulnerable road users – children.
‘‘This year’s theme – look out for kids – is a reminder to all road users to slow down and take extra care around schools, parks and playgrounds,’’ associate Minister of Transport Craig Foss says.
‘‘Very young children are especially vulnerable on our roads, especially when walking or cycling.
‘‘In the car, appropriate child restraints are a must.’’
Road safety charity Brake NZ says every year 19 children are killed and more than 270 are hospitalised after a road crash in New Zealand.
Almost a quarter of cyclists killed or injured in motor vehicle crashes are aged 10 to 19 years old.
More than 700 schools, kindergartens, companies and communities are taking part in a Giant Walk or other awareness raising events nationwide. Groups involved are using the social media hashtag #SaveKidsLives.
Road Safety Week ends on May 10.