Education and Training Minister Chris Burns this morning joined Hector the Road Safety Cat at Bakewell Primary School to encourage kids to walk safely to school.
Dr Burns said the National Walk Safely to School day is a great reminder that walking to school is a healthy way to start the day but always with safety as the first priority.
"Walking to school is a great way to keep healthy and active and it's important to make sure kids know the traffic and safety rules so they feel confident and prepared to handle any traffic situation.
"Road-related fatalities are the leading cause of death for children up to and including 12 years old so we need to make sure all children – and parents and carers – know all the road rules and road safety skills.
"Kids at Bakewell Primary School today listened closely to Hector the Road Safety Cat when he demonstrated safety messages such as using pedestrian crossings, bicycle and bus safety as well as wearing seatbelts in cars.
More than 6000 Territory students from schools in Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Nhulunbuy and Jabiru will take part in the 13th Annual Walk to School Safely Day activities, including more than 400 students from Bakewell Primary School.
Students take part in a healthy breakfast, presentations, walks and education activities and competitions about road safety.
Dr Burns said parents can help to instruct their kids in understanding road safety by demonstrating and reinforcing safe pedestrian behaviour.
"The Territory Government has also undertaken a number of road safety initiatives aimed at school-age children, including a Safer Roads early childhood education resource, and specific early-years education information on the Northern Territory Transport Group website."
Hector the Road Safety Cat's message:
Stop - Stop at the kerb. Make sure it is safe to cross.