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Road Safety AwarenessKindergarten Orientation
Why is road safety important?
Accidents are the leading cause of death for children in NSWMore than half of all accidental deaths amongst 5-14 year olds involve road traffic accidents Over 714 children aged 5-16 have been killed or injured across the Hunter and Central Coast area in the last 3 years.
Cause of accidental death 5-14 yrs NSW 2004-2006
Road Trauma Statistics 5-16yrs by LGAHunter and Central Coast
We need a hand in traffic because
Key road safety messages
Early Stage 1 andStage 1 (K-2)Stage 2(Years 3-4)Stage 3(Years 5-6)Pedestrian safetyHold a grown ups hand when you cross the road, on the footpath, in the carpark.Use a safe place to cross the roadHold an adults hand when you cross the roadStop! Look! Listen! Think! every time you cross the roadUse a safe place to cross the roadCarpassenger safetyClick, clack, front n backAlways buckle up in your seatbeltGet in and out of the car on the footpath sideBuspassenger safetyWait till the bus has gone and then use a safe place to cross the roadSafety on wheelsAlways wear a helmet when you ride or skateRide your bike in a safe place away from the roadRide your bike away from busy roads
Hold a grown ups hand when you cross the road, on the footpath, in the carpark.Use a safe place to cross the road.Stop! Look! Listen! Think! every time you cross the road.Until they are 10 years old, hold your childs hand when crossing the road.
Encourage children to hold hands and to STOP LISTENand THINKbefore crossing the road or crossing driveways.Don't let children run ahead of you unsupervised.Crossing the road
Special rules apply!
Only when the red CHILDREN CROSSING flags are displayed drivers must:slow down and stop at the white line if people are waiting to cross.wait until the crossing is completely clear of all pedestrians.Childrens crossings
National child restraint laws: all children up to seven years of age must now be safely fastened into the right restraint for their age and size.Click, clack, front n back
Always buckle up in your seatbelt
Get in and out of the car on the footpath side using the safety door
Children younger than 4yrs cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with 2 or more rows.
Children 4yrs to under 7yrs cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with 2 or more rows, unless all other back seats are occupied by children younger than 7yrs in a child restraint or booster seat.
Children aged between 7yrs and 16 yrs must use a booster seat if they are too small to be restrained by a seatbelt properly adjusted and fastened
Child restraint laws
You must not stop on a length of road to which a No Parking sign applies unless you are dropping off, or picking up, passengers or goods. (Drop off zone)You must not stop on a length of road to which a No Stopping sign applies.You must not stop or park in a Bus Zone unless you are driving a public bus.Parking Rules
Wait till the bus has gone and then use a safe place to cross the road
Students waiting to board the bus in the afternoon are supervised by teachers.
It is safest to walk with your child to the bus stop in the morning and wait at the bus stop in the afternoon to collect your child where possible.
Students under the age of 10 should not ride bicycles to or from school unless accompanied by an adult bicycle rider.Children must correctly wear a Standards Approved Australia helmet
Ride your bike in a safe place away from the road
You can support school road safety messages by..Modelling safe road user behaviourEnsuring that children are protected whilst travelling through the use of helmets and seat-belts and well maintained bicyclesParking vehicles safely outside the school and observing all parking signsReinforcing the safety messages delivered at schoolActively supervising the travel of young students
Hello to audience. Introduce yourself and explain your role. This short presentation is meant to provide some road safety advice to assist you and your child in being safe travelling to and from your school. Please feel free to ask any questions as we go along. I hope you find that this information will reinforce the actions you already do to keep your child safe, and hopefully provide some extra ideas that will assist.
*Road safety is an important focus for all schools and families due to these statistics - Accidents continue to be the leading cause of death for children 0-19 years with over half occurring in the road environment.*This graph shows that more than half of all accidental deaths of children are road related. Whilst this is an alarming statistic, any accident by its very nature has the potential to be avoided though taking extra care and showing your child how to make safe decisions. Therefore teaching your child about being safe near roads should start at a young age. *Over 714 children aged 5-16 have been killed or injured across the Hunter Central Coast area in the last 3 years. This slide gives the percentages of that number divided into Local Government Areas.
*You as parents would understand that your children need close supervision at most times but especially when in traffic. There are many characteristics that can cause confusion in traffic and here are a few. In the case of your Kindergarten child, it is their small size that means they cannot see clearly around them. But more importantly, they cannot be seen by other road users. This makes being a child on the roads potentially very dangerous.This is why all schools, including our school, ensure that we provide opportunities for your child to learn about being safe on the roads from Kindergarten to Year 6. And this continues in high school from Yr7-12 .
Children between the age of 5-9ys are most at risk during the hour immediately before and after school school travel times. Reflect on how you will be bringing your child to school next year walking, travelling by car or by bus, or riding a bicycle. What safety considerations must you plan for? Will you do a trial run in travelling to school before the first day?*These are the key road safety messages that your school will be teaching your children from Kindergarten to Year 6 through their road safety education program. As parents and carers, you have an important role in reinforcing these safety messages at any time you are travelling in the road environment.In your resource pack there are resources that reinforce these safety messages.(For each of the areas simply state the RED messages)I will now look more carefully at what these messages mean for each category of road safety.
**NOTE: Talk about these key messages in reference to any pedestrian crossing facilities or danger points around the school.
Talk through each of these main points:Hold a grown ups hand when you cross the road, on the footpath, in the carpark.Use a safe place to cross the road.Stop! Look! Listen! Think! every time you cross the road.Until they are 10 years old, hold your childs hand when crossing the road.
Transport for NSW safety advice is that up until the child is 8 yrs their hand should be held at anytime you are walking near a road, up until 10yrs hands should be held when crossing the road
*The key message to cross the road used to be Look right, Look left, Look right again. It was found that this confused the children because they didnt know their right from their left! So now it is Stop, Look, Listen, Think. This is how it operates:STOP on the kerb,LOOK both ways, LISTEN if there are any vehicles, then THINK about the safest way to cross the road .
It would assist your child if you incorporated this the actions you use when crossing the road.NOTE: This slide is optional depending on the types of pedestrian facilities available at this school. The rules around use of childrens crossings are commonly misunderstood and it is valuable to discuss these here if they apply. Alternatively discuss the rules of the most appropriate crossing facility for the school.**NOTE: Discuss school parking conditions, observing 40km zones, observing parking signs and pedestrian crossing conditions.
Talk through each of these main points:Click, clack, front n backAlways buckle up in your seatbeltGet in and out of the car on the footpath side using the safety door you have a safety door sticker inside the back of the Safe School Travel brochure to put on your car.Ensure that your child is protected by a legal child restraint for your childs age.
In your resource pack there are pamphlets that will assist in this: Choose Right Buckle Right and Safer Child Restraints. A summary of the laws appears on the next slide.IMPORTANT: A child that is properly secured in an approved child restraint is less likely to be injured or killed in a car crash than one who is not.
Summary of child restraint laws:Children younger than six months must be secured in a rearward facing restraint.Children aged six months to under four years must be secured in either a rear or forward facing restraint.Children aged four years to under seven years must be secured in forward facing child restraint or booster seat.Children younger than four years cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows.Children aged four years to under seven years cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows, unless all other back seats are occupied by children younger than seven years in a child restraint or booster seat.
*Parking restrictions are in place to keep you and your child safe. Please adhere to these restrictions at all