Keeping kids road safe

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As kids head back to school this week, it is important that parents take time to check they’re up to speed with road safety.

“The summer holidays are long and that means some children might have forgotten some of the basic rules they need to follow to keep themselves safe,” says Inspector Peter McKennie, Manager of Operations for Road Policing.

“Add to that their excitement about returning to school and seeing their friends and this can mean they will be less alert to the traffic dangers around them.”

Police are asking parents to sit down with their kids before the end of the holidays and have a conversation around road safety rules.

This is particularly important if your child is going to be travelling to school on their own.

“Help them to choose the safest route to get there and do a few practise walks or bikes with them so they are familiar with the route and the safest places to cross,” says Inspector McKennie.

Other safety tips for walking or biking to school include discussing the use of crosswalks and why it’s safer to cross at some corners rather than others, the meaning of traffic signals and markings along the route, and teaching them to cooperate with police, school safety patrols and adult crossing guards.


2 Comments

here we go again

Posted on 06-02-2018 16:15 | By old trucker

its always about KIDS, Cameron rd is a JOKE, everyone rides on the Footpath, There should be NO LETTING KIDS out at Green park school by Racecource on the road side,the school should buy the horse paddock and use that for drop off in and out,nothing at all on road side, the Blue line is there trying to catch people speeding, Little Johnny and Mertle have to get a ride to school as this would require exercise, and mummy and daddy should say ride ya bike or walk, they probably live some where in greeton or surroundings,GOSH there are footpaths everywhere and im sure they could walk, do them good,anyway my thoughts only on this,and todays KIDS are WRAPPED IN COTTON WOOL,Sunlive Thankyou, 10-4 out .phew. PS All kids should know right from wrong at this age (SCHOOL) and should not be sat down to discuss this,

Keeping Children Who Cycle and Walk to School Safe

Posted on 05-02-2018 12:54 | By Sollygirl

Yes, Inspector Peter McKennie, Manager of Operations for Road Policing, children do need to learn and be reminded of the road rules, but the sorry fact is that our roads in Tauranga are not safe for pedestrians and cyclists. It beggars belief that we run safe cycling campaigns in our primary schools - I see these children riding the streets in their hi-viz vests behind their teachers - yet safe, separated cycle lanes are largely absent around our schools. It is almost a matter of criminal negligence that our City permits and promotes this. The solution is not to abandon the safe cycling campaigns, but to provide safe cycle ways so our children can ride their bikes for fitness and fun and explore the city safely.

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