27 Feb 2019 9:31am
Road Safety Rules!
Police are urging parents and carers to talk to their young ones about road safety ahead of the 2019 school year getting underway tomorrow (29 January) – whether they are walking, riding, catching public transport or being dropped off at the gate, there are important things to talk about.
Below are a series of short videos highlighting key safety messages that can be used to engage with youngsters about these important topics.
However your children will be getting to school, plan ahead and talk about things like walking safely, bike safety, seatbelt use, looking before crossing the road and the importance of using marked crossings.
Don’t forget the SA Police road Safety Centre, located at the Thebarton Port Barracks on Port Road, is home to a fully-fenced, free, mock roadway, with realistic streets including pedestrian crossings, an intersection with traffic lights, a roundabout and a variety of traffic signs for riders to observe.
The roadway provides a safety opportunity to teach youngster about road safety, so feel free to stop by today.
WALKING TO SCHOOL
Where possible walk with family or friends
Walk a familiar route
Use marked crossings
Walk don’t run – make sure sufficient time is allowed to ensure a child is not rushing
Stop and look both ways before crossing the street
RIDING TO SCHOOL
A helmet must be worn, no matter how short the ride
Where possible ride with family or friends using bike lanes where possible
Follow normal road rules, riding on the footpath where appropriate and obeying crossing signals
TAKING A BUS (or other public transport) TO SCHOOL
Always wait for the bus, tram or train to stop before getting on or off
Wait until the bus has moved on before crossing the road
Pay attention to other traffic in the area
Stay in the bus driver’s view
Never move around on the bus - take a seat and stay there
DRIVING TO SCHOOL
Wear a seatbelt on all journeys
Get out of the car on the footpath side of the vehicle
Don’t double park outside a school
Try to allow sufficient time to arrive at your designation without rushing