Kids drive home seat­belt mes­sage

Kaikoura Star - - FRONT PAGE - EMMA DANGER­FIELD

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 brakechar­ity@gmail.com.

BIDDY GETZ

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