Kids cross­ing roads – more aware­ness urged

Matamata Chronicle - - News/opinion -

Don’t make your kids cross the road alone when you pick them up from school.

That’s the ad­vice the AA would like all par­ents of young chil­dren to fol­low as the last school term of the year be­gan on Mon­day.

‘‘Young chil­dren can run out on to the road with­out look­ing and the con­se­quences of a driver miss­ing see­ing them can be hor­rific.

‘‘One of the best things par­ents can do to help young chil­dren stay safe is meet them at the school gate and cross the road with them. Or make sure they only use school cross­ings.

‘‘Re­search has shown the best thing that can be done to re­duce ac­ci­dents around schools is to elim­i­nate the need for chil­dren to cross the road.’’

Last year five school-aged chil­dren were killed and 72 se­ri­ously in­jured on our roads when they were walk­ing or cy­cling.

Af­ter 3pm on week­days is the riski­est time.

The AA is urg­ing mo­torists to be ex­tra watch­ful for chil­dren trav­el­ling to and from school, and to be pre­pared for more traf­fic to be back on the roads.

Many schools now have elec­tronic signs show­ing re­duced speed lim­its at times of the day when chil­dren will be present and driv­ers need to look out for and obey th­ese.

Driv­ers also need to slow down around school buses when they are pick­ing up or drop­ping off pas­sen­gers.

The le­gal speed limit for ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling on ei­ther side of the road past a school bus is 20kph.

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