Kids drive home seatbelt message
Kaiko¯ura’s preschoolers are well versed in car safety after a special Music and Movement session last week.
Children were encouraged to wear bright colours to help raise awareness of the importance of protecting vulnerable road users, and to support people bereaved in road crashes.
The Bright Days initiative is co-ordinated by Brake, calling on drivers to slow down and watch out for pedestrians and cyclists, particularly around schools, homes and shops. It also raises awareness of people killed and injured on our roads every year.
Brake NZ director Caroline Perry said the organisation was very grateful for the support of the Kaiko¯ura children.
‘‘A Bright Day is a great way to support Brake and educate everyone about the dangers on roads, what we can do to protect people on foot and bikes, and raise awareness of Brake’s work supporting families bereaved in road crashes. We are very grateful to Kaiko¯ura Plunket for their support.’’
Brake is a national road safety charity that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies, through community education, services for fleet and road safety professionals, and by coordinating national Road Safety Week. Brake also provides support resources to families bereaved in road crashes.
Drivers can do their bit to protect people on foot or bike by pledging to slow down to 30kmh or below around homes, schools and shops, giving themselves a far better chance of stopping in time in an emergency, such as if a child steps out unexpectedly. Find more driver advice at www.brake.org.nz/inforesources/driver-advice.
Schools and organisations can run a Bright Day at any time of year. For more information and to receive a free resource pack, visit www.brake.org.nz/ fundraise/have-fun/bright-days or contact Brake at firstname.lastname@example.org.