Children are our most vulnerable road users because of their unpredictability, which can expose them, to risk when around traffic. We know that children can be curious and keen to explore their surroundings. However their limited understanding of safety and tendency to focus on what is important to them can be dangerous. These factors coupled with there developing understanding of sound, distance and speed puts them at risk around traffic.
Adults are responsible for the safety of the young children in their lives. By using these Key Road Safety Messages, adults can engage children in learning about how to be safe in the traffic environment without making them responsible for their own safety.
- Always hold a grown-up’s hand.
- When a grown-up’s hand is not available, hold a pram, bag or clothes.
- Always cross the road with a grown-up.
- Always buckle up safely.
- Always stay buckled up – awake or asleep.
- Always get in and out of the car ‘Safety Door’ (closest to the kerb, away from the road)
Safe play messages
- Always ask a grown-up where it is safe for you to play.
- Always wear your helmet when riding your bike or wheeled toy.