All ages need to use the road responsibly and respectfully. Road safety education plays an important role in shaping the attitudes and behaviours of children and young people – ensuring they become responsible drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists.
“STOP, LOOK, LISTEN!”
Here is a rhyme for you to all learn which will help you to remember these steps:
“Stop, look and listen before you cross the street.
First you use your eyes and ears and then you use your feet.”
STEP 1. THINK FIRST
If there is a pedestrian crossing, use it. Stand where drivers can see you.
STEP 2. STOP
Wait at the pavement near the curb until all the traffic has stopped.
STEP 3. USE YOUR EYES AND EARS
Look all around for traffic and listen. Stop and look to the left and right to see if any vehicle is approaching. Listen for engine sounds nearby to know if there is a moving vehicle.
Look to the right, then to the left, then right again.
STEP 4. CROSS. LOOK AND LISTEN AGAIN
After traffic has stopped from both directions, walk across on the crossing if there is one. Keep looking all around and listening in case a driver has not seen you. Drivers need plenty of time to slow down and stop, especially in wet weather. If you are with an adult, hold their hand while you cross the road.
Rule 1. Always cross the road at designated pedestrian crossings or traffic signals.
Rule 2. Always be alert for drivers even at signalled crossings.
Rule 3. Always use footpaths and sidewalks when possible.
Rule 4. Always wait for the vehicle to stop fully before getting on or off.
Rule 5. Always be alert for any cyclists or pedestrians when getting off the bus.
Rule 1. Never run near or across roads.
Rule 2. Never cross at bends or a corner. When you cross at a bend, you do not give the drivers enough time to spot you and stop the car in time.
Rule 3. Never cross between or in front of parked vehicles.
Rule 4. Never play on the roads. When you’re outside, the best area for you to play is in a well fenced area away from vehicles and driveways.
Rule 5. Never stick your hands, head or any part of your body outside the vehicle.
Rule 6. Never cross when the “red man” lights up, or when the “green man” is flashing.
Rule 7. Never play or stand up in a moving vehicle.