Students participate in road safety course
Year 5 students from Ettalong Public School have participated in the Community and Road Education Scheme.
As part of the program, the students undertook a bike course designed to improve their road safety knowledge, perception and decision making on a simulated roadway.
The program, supported by Central Coast Council, was aimed at students who cycle to and from school, and delivered by NSW Police.
Mayor Cr Jane Smith said that the scheme was a great example of a joint initiative from Council and NSW Police "to help keep our kids safe".
"After more than a decade of operation the program has become a Central Coast institution and I would encourage other local primary schools to book their classes in.
"This program not only increases safety but also encourages our kids to lead a healthy and active lifestyle," she said.
Council director Ms Julie Vaughan said schools that took part in the scheme were helping make the Central Coast a safer place.
"Children are vulnerable roads users and it's important we take a range of measures to keep them as safe as possible," Ms Vaughan said.
"Road trauma is a leading cause of death and injury for children in NSW and our goal is to help reduce this alarming statistic," she said.
Media release, 13 Jun 2019
Jane Smith, Central Coast Council
Social media, 12 Aug 2019
Lynn Balfour, Ettalong Public School
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