An average of 127 children are killed or seriously injured in road crashes each year (1). These school holidays, Injury Matters are urging all WA drivers to be mindful of the smallest road users these school holidays.
With the current state of lockdown in WA, children on school holidays are getting much-needed fresh air and exercise with their families in their daily walk or cycle.
Injury Matters Recovery Support Manager, Christine Smith said, “Children are at high-risk on our roads due to their small size, energetic natures and lack of full understanding of important things like stopping speeds. It’s up to us as drivers to be mindful of this and drive safely around pedestrians and children.”
This mindfulness extends to “off road” areas, such as driveways and yards, with many children being killed each year in these spaces. In fact, one child is run over in the driveway of their own home each week in Australia (2).
“Going outside is a great way to help your children burn off energy over the school holidays, but we need to be teaching our kids how to be safe on our roads. Children under 10 should be riding with your supervision, and it’s important that if you are sticking to footpaths to be mindful of those pulling out of their driveways,” said Ms Smith. “If both drivers and those with children are mindful of the potential dangers of the road, we can work together to keep our kids safe these school holidays. If you’re out on a bike and scooter these holidays, always make sure you and your children are equipped with helmets,” Ms Smith said.
The WA school holiday break continues until Monday, 27th April 2020. However, it is important that all drivers keep those most vulnerable in mind after this date, given the current lockdown. Road Trauma Support WA is a state-wide service assisting anyone affected by road trauma.
Injury Matters has delivered the service since 2012. Road Trauma Support WA is delivered by Injury Matters and funded by the Road Trauma Trust Account with contract management by the Road Safety Commission WA.
- Current Statistics of WA Road Fatalities as at 7 March 2020, Road Safety Commission. Available at www.rsc.wa.gov.au/Your-Safety/People/Children
- Current Statistics of WA Road Fatalities as at 7 March 2020, Road Safety Commission. Available at www.rsc.wa.gov.au/Your-Safety/People/Children/Children-as-Road-Users