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AA Asks Drivers to be Alert for School Children

9 October 2005

AA Asks Drivers to be Alert for School Children on Monday

The Automobile Association is asking all drivers to be alert for school children on the roads on Monday.

For most students, the school holidays finished on Friday 7 October and on Monday traffic and pedestrian levels will be back to normal.

AA Motoring Affairs Manager, Mike Noon said today that the AA was asking all drivers to be alert for children crossing the road and to be ready to stop at pedestrian and school patrol crossings.

“We are also asking drivers to watch out for children on bicycles, to give them plenty of space when passing (at least half a car width is recommended), and to look carefully for cyclists before opening car doors when parked,” he says.

“It’s always a tricky time and drivers need to adjust to the increased traffic and be alert for children on the roads.”

“The AA is running a nationwide road safety initiative called the AA Safer Roads Project. It’s about encouraging safer drivers in safer cars on safer roads. Taking extra care when driving in the vicinity of schools is one way of ensuring our roads are safer,” Mr Noon says.
For more information contact:
Mike Noon Motoring Affairs Manager New Zealand Automobile Association M. +64 21 659 704

The New Zealand Automobile Association is an incorporated society with over one million members. It represents the interests of road users who collectively pay over $2 billion in taxes each year through fuels excise, road user charges and GST.

ENDS

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