Pirie Road Safety Centre educates region's youth

ENJOYMENT: Gladstone Primary School students Imogen Cunningham, Alexis Gurr and Zada Smith test their road rule knowledge during the road safety session.

ENJOYMENT: Gladstone Primary School students Imogen Cunningham, Alexis Gurr and Zada Smith test their road rule knowledge during the road safety session.

Despite many still mastering how to ride a bike, our region’s children are learning the important rules of the road thanks to the Port Pirie and Districts Road Safety Group.

The road safety group recently hosted schools from around the region at the Port Pirie Road Safety Centre including Gladstone Primary School, Gladstone Kindergarten and Georgetown Primary School.

The road safety experience involves children being taught road safety lessons and rules by a local police officer before being taken on a guided tour of the facility in Port Pirie.

The road safety centre is equipped with operational traffic lights, a mock train crossing, a pedestrian crossing and miniature roundabouts.

Once children have an understanding of the important road rules, they are given a helmet and bicycle to ride around the course to test their knowledge in real time while under supervision.

Giving way to your right, acknowledging traffic light changes and giving way to pedestrians are rules which are all tested in a realistic setting.

At the end of the session all children are presented with a certificate acknowledging their participation in the road rules lesson.

It is important for kids to understand that roads are dangerous.

Senior Constable Julianne Fowler, SAPOL

Chairperson of the Port Pirie and Districts Road Safety Group Bruce James said it was important to introduce road safety to children at a young age.

“The kids are very educated once they leave here,” Mr James said.

“It is vital that they get early instruction (for their own safety).”

Senior Constable Julianne Fowler, who undertook the formal instruction of the children, said the day created a strong opportunity to make children safer.

“It is important for kids to understand that roads are dangerous,” Constable Fowler said.

Constable Fowler said watching children learn throughout the day and display good safety skills was the highlight of the education session for her.

The program has been running intermittently for more than 10 years with the Port Pirie and Districts Road Safety Group revitalising the program over the last eight years.

The road safety of the next generation is in good hands.

This story Road safety lessons learnt young first appeared on The Recorder.