Don’t let kids under 10 walk to school
CHILDREN should be 10 years old before being allowed to walk to school without their parents, according to road safety experts.
Ahead of National Walk Safely To School Day on Friday, the Pedestrian Council of Australia said parents were confused about what was the right age for kids to go it alone.
But chairman Harold Scruby said “categorically” that the right age was 10. He said younger children were easily distracted and unable to judge car speed and distance accurately.
“This is irrefutable evidence from all around the world,” Mr Scruby said.
“I am horrified when I see little five-year-olds running up to a corner or traffic lights.
“It only takes something small to distract them and they’re out there on the road.”
The council said children aged under 10 should hold an adult’s hand while crossing a road. But kids aged eight and under should also hold a hand while on the footpath or in a carpark.
At least one million primary school children across Australia are expected to ditch the car on Friday. The national day of awareness promotes the health benefits of regular walking, as well as road safety.
Orthopedic surgery expert Susan Liew said children risked lifelong disability if injured during formative years.
“The force of a bumper bar, for example, will cause more damage to tissue and especially to vital organs such as the brain,” she said.