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Parents asked to set good road safety example

Latrobe City Mayor has called on parents and carers in Latrobe City to embrace the positive messages of Community Safety Week

By Latrobe City Council - 5th September 2001 - Back to News

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Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Brendan Jenkins, has called on parents and carers in Latrobe City to embrace the positive messages of Community Safety Week, making a special effort to set a good road safety example to young children, especially as pedestrians.

"As part of Community Safety Week, Latrobe City has distributed road safety posters to kindergartens, child care centres, and maternal and child health centres. The posters remind parents that they are the best people to help their children learn to manage the road environment. Because children learn most during their first three years, the sooner their carers start teaching them, the better," Cr Jenkins said.

"Many parents do not realise just how much children learn from watching the adults they see around them every day. If parents show children when and where to look for traffic, children gradually build an understanding of what to do at the roadside," Councillor Jenkins said.

"Parents need to take the time to talk to young children about the traffic they encounter in everyday situations. Children are not born natural road users. They need the people who care for them to protect them from road dangers and at the same time show them what to do to be safe.

"Latrobe City has significant numbers of children attending its preschools and pre-kinders. As part of its road safety strategy Council is very much committed to supporting the carers of young children as they demonstrate and teach them the skills needed to be safe pedestrians, Cr Jenkins said.

"While the number of young children killed or injured on our roads is small, numbers increase as children get older. If parents can establish good road safety habits in their children while they are young, we can minimise the tragedy of deaths and injuries which may occur when they are older," Cr Jenkins added.


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