Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Former Minister for Police; Road Safety

    McGowan Government puts road safety in the classroom as students return to school

    30/01/2018 10:30 AM
    • ​Road safety children's book supplied to every pre-primary class in Western Australia
    • $100,000 provided to teach four to 11-year-olds in regional WA about road safety
    • Motorists reminded to slow down to 40kmh as children return to the classroom

    Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts has urged drivers to be extra vigilant as hundreds of thousands of Western Australian school students return to the classroom this week.


    Thanks to a package of road safety programs announced today, one of the first lessons pre-primary students will learn is the importance of becoming safe road users.


    Authored by Danny Katz, 'That's the sound the street makes' follows the story of Ella on her journey to school with her sniffling Dad, as she reminds him how to be a responsible and safe pedestrian.


    It will be supplied to every pre-primary class in WA.


    An augmented reality app which teaches four to 11-year-olds about road safety will also be rolled out to schools in regional WA.


    The $107,000 worth of initiatives aimed at teaching children key road safety messages is being funded from the Road Trauma Trust Account.


    Motorists are being reminded they must reduce their speed to 40kmh in school zones, between the hours of 7:30am to 9am and 2:30pm to 4pm.


    The WA Police Force will be running targeted operations around 40kmh school zones.


    Comments attributed to Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts:


    "After seven weeks of summer holidays, this is a timely reminder for drivers that students return to the classrooms this week.


    "The start of a new school year is always an exciting time for students and their families, but it can also be a vulnerable time for young children around roads and vehicles.


    "Some students may be walking or riding to school for the first time and I urge all parents to discuss road safety with their child and for all drivers to heed the 40kmh speed limit.


    "Police will also be out in force around our schools to ensure drivers stick to the 40kmh school zone limit."


    Minister's office - 6552 6900