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Walk Safely to School Day

This Friday the 19th is National Walk Safely to School Day when all primary school kids are encouraged to walk and commute safely to school.
As an active supporter of this community event, Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council’s Road Safety Officer, Michelle Doolan advises it is the perfect opportunity for parents to talk about pedestrian safety with your kids.
“It’s also a great way to promote healthier lifestyles by encouraging our young ones to be more active”.
To help parents discuss the importance of road safety, Ms Doolan suggests that you use the following road safety tips which have been provided by the Centre for Road Safety:
• If you’re walking to school remember to use pedestrian crossings, stay alert and stay off your mobile phone
• Parents and carers should hold hands when out walking with their children until they are at least 10 years old
• Stop, Look, Listen and Think – every time you cross the road!
• Be a positive role model and always demonstrate the same safe behaviour around children, as they will often learn habits from you
• When you’re getting off a bus, keep an eye on children to make sure they’re safe and always let the bus pass before you cross the road
Parents and carers are encouraged to head to the Centre for Road Safety website for educational resources, or the Safety Town website (www.safetytown.com.au) for road safety learning materials for young children.