Kids Road Safety

Road Safety

Keeping our kids safe whether it be while they are in the car, on their bike, walking or travelling to school is of the highest priority. Our children are valuable. Take the time to read the following information and ensure that you are doing everything you can to keep your children safe on and around our roads.

For general information on children and road safety, please visit the Transport NSW, Centre for Road Safety website or the Kids and Traffic website.

Please click on the links below for more information on Kids Road Safety:


Child Restraints

Using the appropriate child restraint for your child is not only the safest thing you can do, but it is also the law! New child restraint laws were introduced in March 2010 and it is now mandatory that all children use the appropriate child restraint until they are 7 years of age.

For more information on what child restraint is appropriate for your child click here

It is highly recommended that all child restraints are fitted by an RTA Authorised Restraint Fitter. To find an RTA Authorised Restraint Fitter near you click here.

 

Council Restraint Fitting and Checking Days

Camden Council holds 4 FREE child restraint fitting and checking days per year. To enquire about the next child restraint fitting and checking day, or to book, please contact the Community Road Safety Officer on (02) 4645 5046.

 

Child Restraint Evaluation Program (CREP) 2010 results

The Child Restraint Evaluation Program (CREP) gives consumers independent and consistent information on the levels of occupant protection from injury in a crash provided by child restraints and the ease with which they can be used correctly. To see how your child restraint rates, click here.


Driveway Safety

Tragically one child is run over in the driveway of their home every week in Australia. Studies have tested the rear vision of a number of popular cars and results show that there is a large "blind zone" behind most cars.

What can you do to keep your child safer?

  • ALWAYS SUPERVISE your children whenever a vehicle is to be moved - hold their hands or hold them close to keep them safe.
  • If you're the only adult around and need to move a vehicle, even just a small distance, PUT CHILDREN SECURELY IN THE VEHICLE WITH YOU while you move it.
  • ENCOURAGE CHILDREN TO PLAY IN SAFER AREAS AWAY FROM THE DRIVEWAY & CARS - the driveway is like a small road and should not be used as a play area.
  • MAKE CHILD ACCESS TO THE DRIVEWAY DIFFICULT - for example use security doors, fencing or gates

View the Kids and Traffic Driveway Safety factsheet here.

 


 

School Road Safety

Ensuring that our children are safe travelling and from school and while within our school zones is of the upmost importance and the responsibility of the entire community.

 

Parents can assist in keeping their children safe by being positive role models; always use pedestrian crossings where available, hold your child's hand when crossing the road and ensure you park and use the traffic facilities around schools appropriately.

 

Drivers can assist in keeping our children safe around school zones by adhering to the 40km speed limit and being vigilant. Children are unpredictable. Slow down and take care.

 

For more information on School Road Safety, click here.

 


 

Pedestrian Safety

A child's perception, judgement and awareness of potentially dangerous situations is generally not sufficiently developed to properly cope with the road environment until they are at least 10 years of age. Children need adults to set a good example and to supervise them closely in and around traffic, including roundabouts, traffic lights and car parks.

Holding your child's hand while they are on or around roads is the best way to keep them safe.

Teach them to Stop, Look, Listen and Think before crossing, and don't let your children play on or around roads. This includes car parks.

Encourage your children to always use pedestrian crossings where available.

 

For more information on pedestrian safety here.


Bicycle Safety


Teaching your child to ride a bike is a great way to spend time with them and get them active. It is the parents responsibility to ensure that your child is safe while riding their bike and that they are wearing an appropriate and properly fitting bike helmet.

 

For more information on bicycle safety here.