Each school day in Tasmania, 8500 children use a manned Children Crossing to safely cross the road to and from school. Thousands more use a ‘flags only’ Children Crossing.
Educators and Mentors have an important role to help children increase their awareness of Road Safety.
This website has been designed seeking to help educators engage children through a range of activities and provide them with key messages to help reduce their risk when crossing roads to and from school.
So how as an Educator/Mentor can you help?
Children Crossings are the safest way for a child to cross any road when walking to and from school. Some Children Crossings have a School Crossing Patrol Officer (SCPO). SCPOs work at sites where it has been identified as a high risk for children to cross to and from school. The is usually because of high volumes of traffic and/or other issues such as heavy vehicles or sight distances etc. Children must be encouraged to use Children Crossings even if it means walking a little further.
We encourage Educator/Mentors to allow students to access this website during free computer class time, in particular at the beginning of each school term to reinforce the key messages and remind children to “STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK”.
There are a number of class activities including colouring in and a quiz, which could be incorporated into class activities. These will not only reinforce the key messages but also can play a role in developing children’s hand-eye coordination and cognitive skills.
We encourage you to download our Road Safety cartoons for your newsletter.
Included are Road Safety articles for your school newsletter or notice board. It’s a good idea to revisit road safety before the next ‘walk to school’ day, walk to the park or athletics or swimming carnival days.
It also imperative for safety at the Children Crossing, that all parents/carers/teachers/visitors are reminded to obey all the parking rules at the school.
Create a Supervisory Mentor Program in your school community. The program is as easy to administer and is just a matter of identifying student mentors, adults and/ or teachers who can remind fellow students the key road safety messages when travelling to and from school. Visit the kids information section for more information.
Road Safety Education to Secondary Students.
Providing access for secondary students to Road Risk Reduction V2, which is designed to support Tasmanian schools and teachers implementing Road safety Education in secondary schools.
Road Safety Education aims to minimise road trauma among young people by equipping them with knowledge to make informed decisions and develop positive attitudes, which are demonstrated in lifelong safe road user behaviour.
School Zones and School Bus Road Rules Explained
Official school days are usually Monday to Friday during school terms. This sign doesn’t apply on school holidays, weekends and public holidays.
School zones usually apply over an area. The 40km/h speed limit applies until you pass an end school zone sign or a speed limit sign, even if you turn into another street.
So, if you pass a school zone sign, don’t go faster than 40km/h until you pass either a speed limit sign or an end school zone sign.
Don’t go faster than 40km/h within 50 metres of a bus with a school bus warning sign and lights. This includes driving behind or towards a bus. Drive carefully and look out for pedestrians, especially school children.
Road Safety Education to Secondary Students
Providing access for secondary students to Road Risk Reduction V2, which is designed to support Tasmanian schools and teachers implementing Road safety education in secondary schools.