NSW ROAD & TRAFFIC AUTHORITY GUIDELINES FOR PARENTS AFTERNOON PICK-UP SAFETY:
The NSW Roads and Traffic Authority offer parents the following guidelines on improving children’s safety around your school:
1. School-aged children should always travel in the back seat of your vehicle. Each child must be firmly buckled into an appropriate seatbelt or child restraint. NEVER share a seatbelt.
2. Children should always get in and out of the car through the rear curb-side or ‘safety door’.
3. Always drop your children on the school side of the road.
4. Meet your children on the school side of the road, preferably at the school gate. This is particularly important in wet weather.
5. NEVER call to your children from across the road. Teach them to wait until you come to them. Talk with them about what they should do if you are not there on time.
6. Children up to at least eight years old should hold an adult’s hand in the car park, on the footpath and when crossing the road. Children between eight and at least ten years old should be closely supervised by an adult in the traffic environment and should hold an adult’s hand when crossing the road.
7. Talk your child through the ‘STOP! LOOK! LISTEN! THINK!’ routine every time you cross the road together:
8. Always slow to 40 km/h when travelling in an operating school zone.
9. Always obey parking signs around your child’s school. Parking unsafely can put children’s lives at risk. Increased fines and loss of demerit points apply when certain offences are committed in an operating school zone.
10. NEVER leave a child of any age in a vehicle without adult supervision.
A small child may rapidly suffer dehydration, heat exhaustion and consequent organ failure. Older children could play games that may lead to tragedy.
Almost half of all child pedestrian injuries (aged 5-18) occur during school travel times according to research by NRMA Insurance (2006) – which is why parents need to be especially vigilant around schools during these times.
REDUCING TRAFFIC CONGESTION AT PICK-UP TIME:
Schools are very busy places around school pick up time however, there are some measures you can take to reduce traffic congestion around your school and make it a safer place for parents and students. These tips are more suitable for secondary schools, where children are older and more aware of road safety.
Pre arrange a pick up place with your children, or if they have a mobile phone, text them to let them know where you are waiting.
If possible, arrange to meet your children a little further away from the school.
Arrange to meet your children 5 to 10 minutes later than school finish time to avoid congestion.
Use the Kiss and Drop pick-up area – if your child is not there, move through the area and go around the block.
Park your car further away and walk to the school to meet your children.
Arrange car-pooling with other parents.
Encourage children to safely walk or cycle to school where possible.
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