The saying is true "our children are our future", this is why we need to educate them on road safety.
We in Mayo County Council are deeply committed to providing education for children and young drivers to ensure that they are aware of best practise in road safety.
Young children do not have the skills to stay safe in traffic. They often can’t see past parked cars and they don’t have the experience to judge the speed and distance of an oncoming car. Parents and carers should teach children good traffic safety habits early. Also, ask your child’s school or pre-school to consider road safety education programs.Children learn about road safety by watching others. Make sure you always set a good example.
Parents can ensure that their children are aware of the need for road safety from an early age and should support their children's school whenever they carry out Road Safety Initiatives.
Text from Noel
These are some of the main duties of a Junior Road Safety Officer
Ask if you may have a notice board in school to display information and posters on Road Safety.
Below is a timetable for your duties as a Junior Road Safety Officer. Each term there will be different worksheets to download for different year groups, Road Safety posters leaflets stickers are available to give out to the various year groups. We can also provide resources to change and update your notice board.
Students can log to web site for road safety information www.RoadSafetyMayo.ie
A report on child road user casualties produced by the Road Safety Authority and co-funded by Elvery’s Sports shows that a total of 141 children under 14 years of age died and 5,732 suffered serious and minor injuries on our roads between 1998 and 2005.
The report “Child Road User Casualties 1998 to 2005” indicates that just under half (48.9 per cent) of children killed on our roads were pedestrians and over a third (35 per cent) of children killed were passengers in cars. In light of this information Mayo County Council’s Road Safety Officer is appealing to all parents and carers to make their children aware of the dangers on our roads.
“It is important for parents to talk to their children about road safety at all times throughout the school year. Follow these simple tips to help you ensure your child remains safe and develops good road sense and traffic awareness skills,” advised Mr Noel Gibbons.
Children under 6
On the pavement: Hold your child's hand and don't let your child run ahead. Look out for and encourage your child to be aware of hidden entrances or driveways crossing the pavement where vehicles may be reversing. Make sure your child walks on the side of the pavement away from the traffic. Remind children that they are much smaller than cars and this makes it hard for them to see the road and for motorists to see them.
Crossing the road: Chidren starting primary school need to be with an adult as they are not ready to cross roads on their own before they're about eight years old. Always set a good example by choosing safe places to cross and explain what you are doing. Use the Safe Cross Code and explain that you have to stop at the kerb, then look both ways and listen for traffic before crossing. When it is safe to cross, walk straight across the road and keep looking and listening for traffic. Remind children to concentrate – they may be easily distracted. Make sure that anyone else looking after your child follows the same road safety rules as you do.
Chidlren 7 – 11 years
When you are out and about: Explain road safety rules. Use the Safe Cross Code. Talk about what's going on in the street. Encourage your child to talk about what they see on the roads and whether it's safe practice or not. Let your child make decisions with you, so that they learn through activity. Help your child plan the safest route to the shops, granny's house, etc.
Teenagers are more likely to be killed or injured in a road accident than any other age group. Help protect your teenager by: Stressing the need to concentrate and be careful at all times. Warn of the dangers of personal stereos, using the phone or texting. Keep talking about the dangers of traffic. Point out other people who are endangering themselves. Encourage them to practise judging the speed and distance of approaching vehicles on busy roads and identify safe gaps in traffic. Develop a strategy for emergency situations such as what they will do if they miss the last bus home.
Every year we have an art competition for primary schools that we run before the Christmas holidays asking primary school students to draw a picture to represent safety on the road.We then make a calendar from these pictures and give a copy to each school.
For more information, contact:
Road Safety Officer
Mayo County Council
Aras an Chontae
Phone: 094 9047115
9am to 5pm