Feet First editorial - Wairarapa Midweek
We all have a “copy cat”
By Holly Hullena – Road Safety Coordinator / School Travel Planner
The age-old saying: “make good choices” comes to mind. Road Safety is particularly important this time of year as schools have started up and we are all vying for our space travelling to get there. In amongst this hustle and bustle, we tend to forget some of the basics in safety and we need to be able to take a breath, think and do the right thing as often we have children around us ready to follow in our footsteps.
Common things to remember to show our children how to stay safe:
- Slow down! – if you are a rush, you may forget to double check for anyone crossing the road or a cyclist that is to your left. Children are often excited to see their friends. They may not be looking out for you.
- Wear your seatbelt – make it click EVERYTIME. Ensure before you start up the car that all children in the vehicle are restrained properly. Children under 7 years of age must be in an approved child restraint.
- Use the crossings – Make it a rule. Even if it is only a few metres in the opposite direction. Pedestrian crossings make sure you are seen and that vehicles stop for you.
- Park your car properly – Don’t park on yellow lines or bus stops. It means you are obscuring the view of someone else’s child trying to cross the road properly. It doesn’t hurt to park down the road and allow your children to walk an extra 50 metres to the school gate. It will also allow them to grow some independence and you can still see them.
- Use your “noggin” – Make sure you are wearing a helmet that fits you properly. Check your child is wearing theirs. If your child is under 10, cycle with them to school. Children do not develop their peripheral vision until they reach 10 years old. Their judgement to speed and perception is not great.
- School Buses – Park your car on the same side of the road as the bus. Make sure when you are driving past a school bus that your speed is 20km (it’s the law). Talk to your children about the Curb-side drill.
The world is a busy place, but there is no need to hurry when around the school gate. Nothing in this world is more precious than our children, so look out for them, look out for others and set a good example.
Monday 8th of May 2017: Take the challenge and get a mate to video you then post your video to your Facebook page with the hashtag #beabetterrider. Make sure your post is public so we can see it. Whether it’s done perfectly or it all goes pear-shaped, not to worry, a $500 riding jacket is up for grabs
Monday 8th of May 2017: Road Safety Week 2017 in Wairarapa will take
place 7-14 May, and will coincide with the
4th Global Safety Week focusing on speed,
and locally also on seatbelts.
Tuesday 2nd of May 2017: As the daylight fades sooner - it's good to stand out on our roads. Especially our younger road users!
Monday 27th of March 2017: The Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Programme is in partnership with Rotary, Road Safety Education, Safer Journeys, Wairarapa Road Safety Council.
Our second year providing a successful program focusing on Year 12 Students across Wairarapa during 17th & 18th March. With over 330 Students in attendance over the 2 day event held at the Solway Showgrounds in Masterton, students we able to take part in 6 workshops.
Wednesday 1st of March 2017: Movin’March is a month long celebration encouraging schools across the Wellington region to celebrate all the great things about making an active journey to school.
Friday 27th of January 2017: Bike helmets, and ensuring they’re worn, will be the target of Wairarapa Police in an upcoming operation focusing on cycle safety in the region.
Tuesday 27th of September 2016: In this entertaining and informative evening Nigel will take the audience on a ride inside the world of teen drivers.
Sunday 4th of September 2016: Celebrating Road Safety. Children right across Wairarapa get clued up on the best road safety practices whilst learning about fun, sustainable & active ways to get to & from school.
Friday 27th of May 2016: ‘Belt up-Wairarapa wide……...everbody-every trip-every time’.