The ‘Slow Down around Schools’ campaign is designed as a safe systems approach focusing on safer travel, safer speeds and safer behaviour for all road users.
In Tumut the project targets school zones at the McAuley Central Catholic School, Franklin Public School and the Tumut Public School.
The projects objectives is to educate all road users on the significance of safer travel through school zones, understanding of the crash risks and how to minimize risks and the legislation and enforcement associated with speeding through school zones.
The project is also aimed at raising road safety awareness for children aged 5 to 12 years as well as parents and carers.
Traffic accidents are the biggest killer of school age children. These children, especially those under the age of 10 years, do not have the skills and abilities needed to be safe in traffic.
Following are six reasons why children need to be supervised by an adult in the traffic environment:
Children under 10 years do not have the peripheral vision of an adult. They lack and adults ability to see objects such as cars in their side vision.
Children under 10 years have difficulty judging the speed of cars. They may let a slow car pass and cross in front of a fast one.
Some children have difficulty judging where sounds are coming from.
Children are often too small to see over or around cars. They’re also too small for drivers to easily see them.
Children only have short attention spans. This can be dangerous in traffic.
Children are constantly on the move and they find it hard to stop and wait at the kerb.
As adults, we need to teach children to stop at the kerb before crossing the road, look in all directions, listen for the sound of cars and think about whether or not it is safe to cross.
Rural School Bus Safety
The Tumut Council has identified rural school bus stop safety as a priority area. With the increase in vehicle numbers, especially heavy vehicles on rural roads it has become apparent that several bus stop locations are unsafe and could one day result in an accident. With these concerns “Guidelines for Rural Bus Routes and Bus Stops” were developed.
Utilising these guidelines Council has commenced assessments of all rural school bus stops in the area. These assessments will be an ongoing activity for Council.