Road safety

We use roads and vehicles every day without giving a second thought about it. We don’t often consider that young children might be in danger in such a familiar environment, but they are.

Young children are quick and small making them especially vulnerable around roads and vehicles.

Take every opportunity to teach children about road and vehicle safety;

  • When walking down the street, hold your child’s hand, explaining on the way the choices you make to get there safely. – E.g. why you walk on the footpath, where to cross the road and what you need to do before safely crossing the road.
  • Emphasise the importance of ‘buckling up’ when getting into the car and be firm that everyone in the car must always wear a seatbelt or the appropriate restraint for their size and age.
  • Be a good role model, children like to imitate and copy adults. Demonstrate road safety behaviours when driving, as a passenger or a pedestrian so that children can learn good habits from you.

NEW Kidsafe SA road safety brochure – Keeping children safe when out and about

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Kidsafe SA, with the support of SGIC, has developed a new safety resource titled ‘Keeping children safe when out and about’.

From 2009 – 2013, 59 children aged 0-15 were seriously or fatally injured as pedestrians on South Australian roads.

This road safety resource has been designed in a low-literacy and easy-to-read format to convey clear and concise road safety messages and recommendations. It aims to raise awareness and empower parents and carers with the information and strategies to prevent pedestrian and passenger incidents.

We encourage you to download, print and distribute our new driveway safety resource by clicking on the picture to the left. Alternatively, you can call our office to order hardcopies of the resource to distribute and display at your local community/health/childcare centre.

Your support in this campaign will help to spread vital road safety messages to parents, carers and the wider community.

Make Passenger Safety a Priority

Kidsafe Australia with the support of NRMA Insurance and SGIO have developed the ‘Make Passenger Safety a Priority’ animation to reduce the risk of injury to children whilst travelling in your car this Holiday Season. In Australia, transport related injuries are the leading cause of death and the second most common cause of hospitalisation for children aged zero to 14 years. Fortunately there are simple things you can do to make it safer for your children whilst travelling on the road.

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