Christchurch childcare centre gives children and drivers key safety messages for Road Safety Week

As part of Road Safety Week 2015, Shirley First Learners in Christchurch shared key road safety messages with children, parents and their community.

In 2013, 14 children aged 0-14 were killed or hospitalised following a road crash in Canterbury [1] and to raise awareness and help keep kids safe, the centre organised activities in support of the UN Global Road Safety Week and #SaveKidsLives message.

Supervisor Robyn Ramirez coordinated a number of activities for the week, including: road safety lessons from the team at McConnell Dowell; a Giant Walk in their community learning about road safety and reminding drivers to look out for kids; a bike day, checking bikes and helmets; and a Bright Day, where everyone came in wearing their brightest clothes in return for a donation to Brake. (See photos attached).

Brake, the road safety charity, coordinated Road Safety Week in New Zealand working with Safekids Aotearoa, the NZ Transport Agency, NZ Police, and sponsor QBE Insurance.

More than 70 organisations in Canterbury registered to be involved in the Week, including Ashgrove School in Rangiora, who held a Giant Walk to school on Monday morning wearing their bright clothes and calling on drivers to look out for kids.

Members of the public can still show their support for Road Safety Week by:

Caroline Perry, Brake's NZ director, said: "It's fantastic to see childcare centres like Shirley getting involved in Road Safety Week and promoting road safety messages to children and the wider community. By mixing fun and key basic messages they are helping children to begin to learn about road safety and are building the foundations for their continued road safety learning at school and beyond. By taking those messages out to the community too they are helping to remind drivers that they need to slow down and double check for children around the centre and in the local area. It looks like the children had a great time learning about road safety. We thank all of them for being involved, and hope that they will continue their learning beyond Road Safety Week."

Key advice to help #savekidslives
For drivers

  • Slow down in school zones and communities at all times.
  • Passing school buses: either way its 20km/h.
  • Come to a complete stop at intersections and double check for kids.
  • Slow down and double check for kids at pedestrian crossings, particularly in school zones.

For parents

  • Keep children in child restraints until they're 148cm to offer the best protection in a vehicle.
  • Ensure children wear helmets when cycling, scootering and skateboarding.
  • Teach children to stop, look and listen and look for vehicles approaching or turning.
  • Set a good example for your children, whether you're walking, cycling or driving.

To find out more or take part in Road Safety Week, go to www.roadsafetyweek.org.nz.

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