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Pupils on the road

The Daily Telegraph - Monday 2 April 2001

Safety .. Anne Graydon walks neighbours Camille Peterson-Combe & Eamonn Robinson

CHILDREN from 500 primary schools will learn how to cross the road safely this Friday in a program that is trying to limit dependency on cars.

The inaugural program is designed to teach children they are never too young to develop good road sense.

Education department spokeswoman Kylie Park said Australia St, Camdenville, Newtown and Forest Lodge primary schools would be launching the Walk Safely To School Day in association with the Motor Accidents Authority.

"It's all about taking safe routes to school and parents showing their children the best way to walk across roads," she said.

Parents and carers of young children up to 10 are being encouraged to hold students' hands as they cross roads on the way to school.

According to the Pedestrian Council of Australia, young children are easily distracted when crossing roads and are unable to judge speed and distance of moving traffic easily.

Parents also have a tendency to underestimate children's ability to behave sensibly in traffic, a PCA spokesperson said.

Roads and Traffic Authority figures show more than 1700 children aged five to 12 have been killed or injured when crossing NSW roads during the past five years.

Schools that wish to participate this Friday must register today at www.walk.com.au to take part.

Past pedestrian programs include the PCA's Walk to Work Day, which began in 1998 in NSW and in Victoria and the ACT in 1999.

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