Road safety week fo­cuses on kids

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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