Deborah Gibson, at the wheel, has trouble seeing her son Will standing beside Tammy Hayer.
Deborah Gibson, at the wheel, has trouble seeing her son Will standing beside Tammy Hayer. Bruce Thomas

Story time brings safety message

STORY time and road safety became unlikely partners to spread important protection messages.

With children packed into the Coffs Harbour City Library for their regular story time session, the Council’s road safety and traffic officer, Anne Shearer, took the opportunity to speak to parents about driveway safety measures and child restraints.

When you consider that one child is run over in the driveway of their home in Australia every week and more than one third of under six-year-olds killed by vehicles are killed in driveways and carparks, the need for safety education is clear.

Outside the library a driveway simulator was set up with four toddler-sized figures positioned at different points behind a car.

Parents sat in the driver’s seat and checked their mirrors, which revealed a 10-metre long blind spot and more than one unseen “child”.

Ms Shearer said kids were fast and unpredictable and it was important to know where they were before leaving the driveway.

“Get someone to hold them or put them in the car while you reverse because even if you can see a child they could chase a ball or run under the car,” Ms Shearer said.

“It’s important to get the word out to parents to prevent accidents.”

Another part of the car safe message was ensuring child restraints were correctly fitted.

Ms Shearer said the majority of child seats were  not fitted properly, which could prove perilous in an accident.



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