After two weeks of holidays it is back to school on Monday for thousands of South Australian children.
Having to concentrate for school drop-offs and pick-ups is hard enough – add cold, wet and wintery weather and there are unfortunately many opportunities for accidents to occur on our roads.
The Motor Accident Commission is highlighting how important it is for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to take extra care on our roads as students and teachers around the State return to school next week.
Obeying the 25km/hr speed limit around schools is essential and MAC General Manager of Road Safety, Michael Cornish, would like to remind all road users that road safety around schools is everyone’s responsibility, not just that of parents who are taking their children to school.
“Motorists need to look out for children on the roads, some of whom may be walking or cycling to school for the first time,” Michael Cornish says.
“And parents can also help to prepare their children for the journey to school by talking through the importance of being safe on the roads.”
Parents should discuss with their children how to cross the road safely without being distracted by friends and mobile phones.
And drivers need to remember that inattention is reported as the primary cause in almost 30 per cent of fatal crashes, and 45 per cent of serious injury crashes each year.
“It is essential for drivers to reduce any distractions inside their car so they can concentrate on the road and their surroundings,” Michael Cornish says.
“Switch mobile phones to ‘silent’ to avoid the temptation of being distracted while driving and please follow these important guidelines when dropping children at school.”
- Let children out of the vehicle on the kerbside;
- Never call out from the opposite side of the road, as young children have poor peripheral vision and may not see approaching vehicles when they cross;
- If waiting for a child who is travelling by bus, wait on the same side of the road as the bus stop;
- Take extra time to look for children at intersections, on median strips and on kerbs;
- Avoid parking too close to a marked school crossing;
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully particularly when reversing;
- Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours.