Road safety cham­pion

Eastern Reporter - - News - Kristie Lim

A DIANELLA Heights Pri­mary School stu­dent has be­come a road safety cham­pion for launch­ing WA’s first Kiss, Click and Drive sys­tem.

Act­ing Road Safety Com­mis­sioner Iain Cameron and Mor­ley MLA Am­ber-Jade San­der­son pre­sented Bal­la­jura res­i­dent Alanna Shilo (7) with a cer­tifi­cate on Novem­ber 8.

The Year 2 stu­dent said it felt “amaz­ing” to re­ceive the award.

“I saw kids get­ting in the car with­out their seat­belt and their par­ents driv­ing off,” she said.

Alanna said since prin­ci­pal Peter Jaki­mowiez spread her idea to the school, she had seen more kids click­ing in their seat­belts.

Mr Jaki­mowiez said the school was ne­go­ti­at­ing with the Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment and the City of Stir­ling about chang­ing its road sig­nage and car bay mark­ings in early 2019.

“There have been some near misses,” he said.

“Stu­dent voice is a re- ally im­por­tant part of our de­ci­sion-mak­ing process within the school.”

Ms San­der­son said it was fab­u­lous to see stu­dents such as Alanna take an in­ter­est in the safety of all stu­dents.

Mr Cameron said he had not seen a con­cept like this be­fore.

“Our ve­hi­cles are safer than they have ever been – they all rely on us wear­ing a seat­belt,” he said.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek d488402

Kiss, Click and Ride cham­pion Alanna Shilo belts up.

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