Road safety hits the streets as school returns


Road safety is hitting the streets with the launch of the new Safety Town roadshow in schools, featuring the popular characters Daisy and Sprocket.

Minister for Roads Andrew Constance and Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell joined the colourful stars and students in Paddington this morning to remind everyone of the importance of road safety.

Mr Constance said the mascots are key to helping children remember vital road rules and safety tips that will keep them safe.

“Children are our most vulnerable and inexperienced road users and ensuring their safety on our roads is a key priority,” Mr Constance said.

“Road safety education is an essential part of the safety measures undertaken around NSW schools and bringing these characters into communities will ensure our safety messages cut through.

“We have improved the visibility of school zones by installing at least one set of school zone flashing lights at every NSW school. We’ve also improved signs and dragon’s teeth road markings so drivers know to slow down to 40km/h and look out for children.

“School Crossing Supervisors also play a vital role in protecting children and we are investing $18.5 million to employ 300 more supervisors in the next four years. The first 80 are starting at 78 NSW schools this term.”

Ms Mitchell said road safety education is essential for children attending any school across the state.

“Whether your child attends a busy inner city school like Glenmore Road Public in Sydney or a primary school in a quiet rural community, the road safety messages are the same,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Children need to cross the road in a safe place and to “stop, look, listen and think” before stepping out onto the road. With younger children, a grown-up should always hold their hand when crossing the road.”