Plunket: Keep an eye out for kids on the roads
Plunket: Keep an
eye out for kids on the roads
urging people to keep an eye out for children as they head
back to school this week.
As New Zealand’s largest
provider of services to support the health and development
of children under five, Plunket recognises many children
will be venturing off to school for the first time.
Sue Campbell, Plunket’s National Child Safety Advisor,
says for parents and caregivers the start of the school year
can be an emotional and busy time. Parents will often have
a lot of new experiences to work through with getting
children to school, and caring for younger siblings.
“Every driver on the road needs to be that bit more
aware that more children are about, as well as people with
prams and strollers, slow down and drive more
“Keeping children safe on and around
the road is important as they make their way to and from
school”, she says.
“Remember that no matter how
short the journey, your child still needs to be restrained
in a car seat or booster seat. Turning five isn’t a
magical time to move out of a booster. Children are still
way too small to fit the vehicle safety belt on its own.
The change coming to make child restraints compulsory until
children are seven reflects the importance of booster seat
use way beyond five.
A booster seat provides the
best protection for them by raising your child up to window
level and improving the fit of the safety belt. .”
Plunket recommend that parents and caregivers seek
expert assistance from a child restraint technician to
ensure that your child's car seat fits your vehicle and is
installed correctly. They can also advise about the best car
seat for your child’s age, height and weight, and one that
is best suited to your car.
technicians are available through Plunket’s car seat
service, and at a number of other hire outlets or retailers.
It is a totally free service.
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