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Never too young to learn

THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH - Sunday 1 April 2001


Safe crossing: Amanda Dawkins with school children from Australia St School
Picture: Steve Morenos

No it's not Abbey Rd, London, but Australia St, Sydney. And these school children are learning that they're never too young to acquire good road sense.

"An increasing number of children are being driven to school and we are trying to reverse the trend of cradle-to-the grave car dependency," Pedestrian Council of Australia chairman Harold Scruby said.

"It's important for kids to be learning good street sense from an early age."

The council has organised the inaugural Walk Safely to School Day this Friday. The event aims to encourage parents and carers to walk with primary school-age children and reinforce safe pedestrian behaviour.

According to the Pedestrian Council, parents often overestimate children's ability to behave safely in traffic. Young children are impulsive, easily distracted and have not learned to judge speed, distance and the origins of sound.

Even their height makes it difficult for them to see or be seen by traffic.

RTA figures reveal more than 1700 child pedestrians aged five to 12 have been killed or injured on NSW roads in the past five years.

Mr Scruby said nearly 500 primary schools had already registered to join the walk.

Schools have until tomorrow to register at www.walk.com.au

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