Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 

Parents urged to be “part of the solution”


Parents urged to be “part of the solution”

ACC has issued invitations this week asking tens of thousands of parents to be “part of the solution” when it comes to reducing this country’s high child pedestrian injury rates.

The Corporation has sent the invitations to more than 700 primary schools due to participate in ACC Walk Me Home Day on Friday 18 October.

Caregivers are being invited to leave their cars home that day in favour of a walk home from school with their children.

ACC chief executive Garry Wilson says the day has been organised to highlight the “appalling” child pedestrian injury rate.

17 young lives on average are lost annually and another 300 children are admitted to hospitals each year after being struck by vehicles.

The day also launches this year’s focus on pedestrian safety issues for Kidsafe Week, the national child safety week.

“The costs in terms of lost life, grief to family and friends, time in hospital and rehabilitation are just too high. And, pedestrian injuries can so easily be prevented,” says Mr Wilson.

He’s delighted with the initial response from schools to ACC Walk Me Home Day and their efforts to encourage adults to walk children home.

He believes many will use the day to draw attention to parking and pedestrian safety issues around their schools, and launch or establish safer walking programmes for students.

Mr Wilson says research shows children who walk alone are nearly three times more likely to be hit by a vehicle than those accompanied by an adult.

He said parents and other caregivers could help keep kids safe simply by walking them to and from school.

ACC has chosen to highlight the walk home because it’s the most dangerous time on the roads for primary school aged children.

Nearly 40% of child pedestrians injured are struck down after school.

A number of factors contribute to this including traffic congestion around many schools, tired children and drivers and busy roads.

A list of schools participating in ACC Walk Me Home Day can be found through a link at http://www.kidsafe.org.nz/2002/media.html


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'


The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>


Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland