Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Mayo County Council is urging parents to ensure children are road-safe aware as they return to school.

The local authority’s Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons said quieter roads during the lockdown and the excitement of a return to school may mean some children are less alert to the traffic dangers around them.

The council’s road safety education team has put together some road back to school road safety tips.

Pedestrian safety – Take time to check out the route to school including any potential hazard points along the way. Look for the safest crossing places. If your child is moving up to a new school, plan the journey and allow plenty of time.

Don’t be distracted by the use of devices, particularly when crossing the road. Children are advised to wear bright clothing and preferably reflective or fluorescent items.

Cycling to school – Make sure your child’s bicycle is in good working order and that they are wearing an approved cycle helmet.

School bus advice – Children are advised to arrive at the bus stop five minutes early. When getting off the bus, they should wait until it moves off and the road is clear in both directions before crossing the road.

The council is also encouraging motorists to be on guard.

“Drivers should watch for children walking in the road, especially if there are no pavements in the neighbourhood.

“Watch for children playing and gathering near bus stops. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic,” said Mr Gibbons.

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