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ROAD SAFETY MATTERS

At present about 29 children aged between 0 – 11 are killed or seriously injured and the purpose of this information is to help you keep your children safe.

Your child is currently learning about road safety at school but as a parent or carer  you also play  a big part in helping your child to learn how to stay safe. Children will copy adult behaviour so if they see you taking risks they will probably take risk too. One of the best way you can help your child to stay safe is to set  a good example when using roads, on foot, on bicycle or in a car.

So with safety in mind we will try to help you teach your child how to stay safe as pedestrian, importance of stop look and listen, and the Green Cross Code,  Stay safe when riding a car or cycling, and how to stay bright and be seen and also law relating to car seats, boosters and seat belts.

Safety Matters

Research shows that  young children can not judge how fast vehicles are going or how far away they are.

The number of road related deaths among children aged (5 - 7 ) was 11 in 2008 and significant number were seriously injured ( 382 in 2008 ).

In comparison with other countries, Britons over all road safety record for children is good and there is plenty of room to improve.

Recognising Traffic

Children aged 5 - 7 need to understand the nature of traffic and know that it can be dangerous. They need to know about the different types of traffic found on roads and how they should behave when near traffic. The best way to do that is:-

  • Set a good example ie

     

  • When you cross road, do not take risks – your children will copy you.

     

  • Remember to find a safer place to cross then stop, look and listen.

     

  • Do not use mobile phones when crossing the road.

     

  • Wear bright colours or reflective clothing so motorists can easily see you.

     

  • Always hold hands of young child near traffic or make sure they hold on to buggy.

     

  • Make sure your child walks  on the side of the pavement away from traffic.

     

  • IF there is no pavement walk on the side of the road facing oncoming traffic.

     

  • If your child is using bicycle, or scooter, don’t let them ride ahead of you. And ensure that they come off bicycle and hold your hand.

     

  • If your child is using roller skates, do not let them go too far ahead of you. They may find it difficult to stop near kerb. Also gold their hands while crossing.

 

 

Bright Clothing to be Seen

Sometimes drivers find it difficult to be see pedestrian wearing dark clothing at night and in poor visibility. Schools are delivering “ Be Bright, be Seen “  to all children and as a parent or carer you can help your child to be seen  easily near traffic, as well as setting an example to your children by wearing something bright.

How can your child be seen easily ?

On dull days your child can wear  bright or fluorescent colours, fluorescent armbands can be worn over other clothing.  School bags with bright colours or with high visibility strips can be worn.

At Night : If walking near traffic at night, reflective clothing is needed. Reflective clothing reflects light from cars and bike headlamps. Reflective armbands and clothing can be used by children.

NB: Fluorescent colours do not show up in the dark.

GREEN CROSS CODE

Parents and carer play vital role in teaching how to cross road safely.  But it is important for you to set  good example especially for children aged 5 – 7.

Procedure for green cross code.

  1. Find the safest place to cross. If possible cross road at subways, footbridges, traffic islans, zebra , pelican, puffin or toucan crossings, or where there is crossing point controlled by police officer, a school crossing patrol, or traffic warden. Otherwise choose a place where you can see clearly in all directions, and where drivers can see you. Try to avoid  crossing between parked cars and on sharp bends or close to top of the hill. Move to a place where drivers and riders can see you clearly. Also there should a space to reach the pavement on the other side.
  2. Stop just before you get the kerb. Do not get too close to the traffic. If there is no pavement, keep back from edge of the road, but make sure you can still see approaching traffic. Give yourself lots of time to have a good look all around.

  3. Look all around for traffic and listen. Look in every direction. Listen carefully because you can sometimes hear traffic before you can see it.

  4. If traffic is coming, let it pass. Look all around again and listen. Do not cross until there is safe gap in traffic and you are certain there is plenty is plenty of time to cross road. Remember, even if traffic is long way off, it may be approaching very quickly.

  5. When it is safe, go straight across the road – do not run. Keep looking and listening for traffic while you cross, in case there is any traffic you did not see, or in case other traffic appears suddenly. Look out for cyclists and motor cyclists travelling between lanes of traffic. Do not cross diagonally.

 

CAR SEATS, SEAT BELTS and BOOSTERS.

There is some confusion about rules for children travelling in cars, but some fact are clear.

·         In 2008, 31 children aged 0 – 11 were killed and 258 seriously injured in cars.

The Law – By law adults , must wear a seat belt in cars, vans and goods vehicles where one is fitted.

It is offence to drive with a passenger under 14 years of age who does not wear a seat belt or child restraint ( as appropriate )  in the front  or back seat.

Children can use a seat belt when travelling in the front or back seat of any car, van or goods vehicle once they reach their 12th birthday.

Younger children can also use seat belt when they reach 135cms(4’5”) tall.

Any other child must use a car seat / booster appropriate to their weight –check the label on the seat.

In buses and coaches with seat belts fitted, passengers aged 14 years and above must use them. Those under 14 years are strongly advised to use them.

Importance of Child Restraint – Even in a minor crash, an unrestrained child may be thrown about inside the vehicle, injuring themselves and others. They can be thrown from the car through one of the windows. To find out what type of child restraint your child needs visit www.childcarseats.org.uk.

 

Use Of Bicycle and Safety

Cycling is encouraged as it is green, healthy, and it helps children become independent. But it is important for young children to learn how to stay safer on a bicycle from the start.

Each year around 166 child cyclists aged 0-11 years are killed or seriously injured on british  road

Helping your child stay safer

  • Find out if cycle training for your child is available in your area

  • Check your child’s bike to ensure it is road worthy, look at brakes, tyres, and lights / reflectors when riding at   dusk or at night, you must have white  front light and red back light and rear reflector, and its good idea to fit spoke reflectors too.

  • Make sure bike is the right size for your child

  • Find out where local cycle paths and lanes are.

  • Make sure your child has helmet  that fits and is worn correctly. It should not be pushed too far back on the head. Helmet should be properly fastened so that it does not come off in a collision.

  • Ensure your child wears high visibility clothing when cycling.

  • When out and about with your child lookout at cyclists and talk about how easy they can be seen.

FURTHER INFORMATION AVAILABLE

 

You can find further information on the “ Think Education Website “. There you can also download ‘home works’ – activity ideas on different road safety topics which link to  to the Think! Education classroom activities that your child may have taken part in  at school or nursery.

You may wish to visit the pupils’ area, where you will find road safety games and stories to use with your child.