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Put road safety on the ‘Back to School’ checklist 27.08.18

THE Donegal Road Safety Working Group is reminding motorists, cyclists and children to take extra care on our roads as pupils return for the new school year.
Most secondary school students are heading back to school this week and the majority of primary school pupils will return within a few days. It is a time of preparation for families as everyone gets set for the new school year.
With all the stress and excitement that preparing for the start of the new school year, one critically important activity may be overlooked by parents and that is ensuring their children are safe on their journeys to and from school. Children are our most vulnerable road-users, so it is up to parents and teachers to ensure we play our part in keeping them safe.
Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer said “As schools reopen across the county, it is important to remember that school days bring more traffic on our roads, buses picking up and leaving off children, children walking and cycling to and from school, hurrying to arrive before the school bell rings and parents driving their children to school before heading to work.
There will also be large numbers of children attending school for the first time, so everyone should ensure that this is a positive experience for them by slowing down and taking extra care whenever you are travelling near or past a school.
We are appealing to motorists to help schools by driving with proper care and attention and parking well away from no parking areas around schools. Motorists should first and foremost take responsibility for their own actions”.
“We are also urging parents to ensure their child is visible by wearing a high viz vest when walking or cycling, or when waiting for the school bus. We are also calling on parents to be disciplined and ensure that all children travelling in the vehicle are using proper restraints such as child car seats or seat belts and never overcrowd their car”.
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