Children test road safety and emergency skills


DOZENS of children explored road safety rules and emergency services at an event in Maylands on Wednesday.

The Constable Care Safety School held its second Emergency Services Open Day where children rode bikes, learnt road rules and how to get to school safely through traffic lights, rail crossings and roundabouts.

Children also took part in demonstrations conducted by WA Police, St John Ambulance and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

Constable Care Child Safety Foundation chief executive David Gribble, Police Minister Michelle Roberts, Police Commissioner Chris Dawson, Maylands MLA Lisa Baker and Perth MHR Patrick Gorman attended the event and gave back to school safety messages.

Mr Gribble urged parents to talk to their children on how to get to school safely.

“It is a potentially dangerous time for children who are going back to school and are excited,” he said.

“We strongly encourage parents to make sure they have a conversation with their children about being safe and maybe practice the route that they are going to walk or run to school.

“It may be useful to have practice to make sure they know where the potential risk spots might be.”

Police Commissioner Chris Dawson and Oliver Vanderwalt. Picture: Kristie Lim

Mr Dawson said police would work to make sure children arrive and depart school in a safe way.

Ms Roberts said the 40 km/h zones around schools were implemented for motorists to slow down and take care.

“Last year, there were only two crashes where children were injured in school zones…that is two children too many,” she said.

“What we aim to do is to avoid not just deaths but all serious injuries in and around schools.

“No one likes to see or hear a child has been injured.

“Let’s make sure that we don’t see any tragedies.”

(Source)


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