Back to school

by Anonymous Author

The Selwyn District Council is asking drivers to stay alert for children as they return to school after the holidays this week.

Nearly 10,000 Selwyn children will be travelling to school this week following their two-week holiday break.

A council spokesperson said many of these young people will be getting off and on school buses, in and out of cars and walking, biking and scooting to and from school.

“It’s important for road users to remember the only time drivers must stop for pedestrians is on a pedestrian (zebra) crossing, at a school road patrol or kea crossing when the stop lollipops are out, and when pedestrians have a green man at traffic signals.”

Key tips for children and parents getting ready for term three include:

  • Be bright — be seen on your way to school, ask your school for a safety vest.
  • Tackle the routes with your child talking about sneaky driveways and blind corners.
  • Get out and active together to reduce the chaos at the school gate.
  • Wear your helmets — this goes for caregivers too, young people are watching you!

Road safety educational resources for parents and children are available from Selwyn District Council.

Email stephanie.hautler@selwyn.govt.nz or phone 03 347 2705.