As schoolchildren enter the final few weeks of their summer holidays, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is asking parents, guardians and teachers to make road safety a priority in their back to school preparations. To help keep children safe on the roads, the RSA and ESB Electric Ireland will once again be providing every child starting school this year with a high viz vest.
Advising parents Mr. Noel Brett, CEO, Road Safety Authority said, “Children are the most vulnerable of our road users so it’s really important that we teach them to be ‘streetwise’ about road safety. As part of this year’s ‘Back to School’ campaign, the RSA and ESB Electric Ireland will be providing every child starting school with a high viz vest to ensure they get to and from school safely. We’re also asking parents and guardians to consider bicycle helmets and other life saving road safety gear on their ‘back to school’ shopping lists to ensure their children are safe on the roads when travelling to and from school.”
Mr Brett also asked parents to lead by example: “Demonstrate good road safety behaviour at all times as your child will learn from your example. If your child walks or cycles to school, take them on the route in advance and make sure they know where they are going and how to use the roads and footpaths safely. If they travel by car or bus, make sure they know how important it is to put their seatbelt on at all times. Show them how you put on your seatbelt any time you get into the car, no matter how short the journey and always demonstrate good, safe and responsible road behaviour.”
Mr. Brett also had a message for teachers about helping their pupils understand how to use the roads safely.