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Keep your child safe - Be a good Role Model


Your primary aged child is still developing an understanding of danger and safety. While they are often keen to do things for themselves, an adult must always be responsible for your child in the traffic environment, role modelling good road safety practices.

Your child is a vulnerable road user. They are still developing the skills that help them to judge the direction of sound and the speed and distance of vehicles. Your child is physically small, making it harder for drivers to see them. They may be easily distracted and tend to only be able to focus on one thing at a time. This means that they find it difficult to deal with sudden changes in the traffic environment.

Pedestrian Safety

·         Hold a grown-up's hand when –
´        you cross the road
´        you're on the footpath
´        you're in the car park

Stop! Look! Listen! Think! every time you cross the road

·         Use a safe place to cross the road

Pedestrian Crossings


     You and your child should always use a pedestrian crossing if there is one available. It is the safest point at which to cross a road. Share how to use the different pedestrian crossings with your child when you are out walking together. Model the correct behaviours - they learn from you.

Children's crossings


      Children's crossings are usually part-time crossings that operate before and after school hours. They can also operate at other times when children use the crossing for excursions or during break times. When the red 'Children Crossing' flags are displayed, you must stop at the white line if pedestrians are waiting to cross. Drivers must remain stopped until the crossing is clear of pedestrians.

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Pedestrian traffic signals


Always wait for the light to change to the green walk signal before crossing. Make sure that vehicles stop before you cross, and don't walk if vehicles are moving through the crossing or if the red don't walk signal shows. When approaching traffic lights, you must not start to cross on the flashing red don't walk signal. You must wait for the green signal before you start to cross. 

Dropping off and picking up


     The beginning and end of the school day are busy times for pedestrians and vehicles outside schools. Parking signs are planned with your child's safety in mind.


     It is helpful for everyone if you park safely, even if you have to walk further to the school gate. This is a good time to model positive road safety behaviour and physical activity for your child.


     Drop your child off and pick them up on the school side of the road. Calling out to them from across the road is dangerous – they may run to you without checking for traffic. This will help keep all children as safe as possible during the busiest times of the school day.


You should always:
·         park legally
·         avoid dangerous manoeuvers such as U-turns and three-point turns
·         give way to pedestrians, particularly when entering or exiting driveways
·         avoid using the school car park or driveway
·         avoid parking in the school bus bay
·         make sure your child uses the Safety Door (rear curb-side door) to get in and out  of  the car
Dangerous driving behaviour around schools puts children at risk.
Model safe and considerate behaviour for your child – they will learn from you.

40km/h school zones


The 40km/h school zones operate at all school sites on gazetted school days, including school development days. The 40km/h school zone slows traffic around schools. The 40km/h speed limit must be observed, even if school children cannot be seen. Most school zones operate from 7am to 9am and from 2pm to 4pm on gazetted school days.  They are identified by red/orange school zone signs to show non-standard times. Signs at these schools show the times that apply. Aspley State school zone sign has flashing lights to warn drivers that they must slow down to 40 km/h.