Nov. 10, 2020
Every year, over a thousand people are killed and many thousands more are seriously injured on Australian roads. National Road Safety Week is an annual initiative from the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group that looks to highlight the impact of road trauma and ways to reduce it. Their daily themes during the week, illustrated through animations, include taking a pledge, slowing down and shining your lights. They encourage people to get involved and show their support for safer roads by displaying a yellow ribbon or sticker on your car, motorbike, truck or bicycle.
Road Safety Week is an ideal time to run road safety lessons and assemblies or launch a campaign for safer local streets.
Dangerous roads also affect our ability to walk, cycle and live healthy active lifestyles. That's why it's important to raise awareness of the risks on roads, as well as reaching out to parents and the wider community.
There are a range of writing and paint projects within Purple Mash that schools can use before and during Road Safety Week to raise awareness. Why not get pupils to design a Walk to School Poster and display these around the school? They could also create an information leaflet for parents about safe parking near the school, or a leaflet to remind parents not to park on the Zig Zag lines and these could be put on a blog or shared with parents via a link or QR code.
Children can create an informative leaflet instructing people on road safety or they could write about a traffic issue in their area thinking about different views. Using one of our paint projects children can design their own bus. They can even use our school crossing MashCam to put themselves in the role of a Lollipop person, showing their thoughts and characters in the speech bubble.
Kidsafe has a great guide that can be shared with parents all around teaching road safety.