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The Sunday Telegraph

Sunday 31 March 2002

PARENTS are urged to take their children by the hand when crossing the road as part of Walk Safely to School Day this Friday.

The initiative, organised by the Pedestrian Council of Australia, encourages children to take more care.

PCA chairman Harold Scruby said the day reinforced safe pedestrian behaviour.
“Parents and carers need to be informed about the importance of developing their child's vital road-crossing skills at an early age,” Mr Scruby said.
“To reduce the number of accidents involving our children, we need to make sure that children up to 10 years old are holding the hand of an adult when crossing the road and using a safe place to cross the road.”

Mr Scruby said parents often over-estimated their child's ability to behave safely in a traffic environment.
He said children were impulsive, easily distracted and had not yet developed the skills required to adequately judge the speed, distance and origins of sound.

According to the Roads and Traffic Authority, more than 1700 pedestrians between five and 12 were killed or injured on NSW roads from 1996 to 2000.

For more information, visit the Walk Safely to School Day website at www.walk.com.au

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