21 November 2016
Taranaki schoolchildren will find it easier to ask themselves ‘What are you missing?’ when they are on the roads.
A new school resource kit has been created as part of Let’s Go’s What Are You Missing campaign, which encourages all road users to be more aware of what is happening around them when they are driving, cycling, walking or scootering on our roads and footpaths.
The kit was developed by New Plymouth District Council, New Plymouth Police, New Plymouth injurySafe and Roadsafe Taranaki with support from Shell Todd Oil Services.
“These are fun activities that encouraging students to share responsibility for their safety and the safety of others on or near the road, and to look out for each other,” says Transportation Manager Carl Whittleston.
“From 2004 to 2014 there were 119 fatalities and 653 serious injuries on Taranaki roads. If we can get children into the habit of being alert to their surroundings and aware of possible dangers when they use the road, they should be safer both now and when they’re older.”
The school resource kit is designed to be used alongside curriculum-based resources on road safety developed by the NZ Transport Agency.
The fun activities include word-finds, word scrambles, spot the difference and colouring in, and are designed around these four key messages:
- Look twice. When you scan the road quickly your brain picks up only what it is expecting to see, so take a second look.
- Be comfortable in bright colours when out walking and riding; it could be the difference in being seen or not.
- Share the road. Show courtesy and respect to all road users.
- Never assume you have been seen. Make good decisions when crossing the road.