The injury and
mortality rate of children on UK roads is high. To increase childrens'
awareness of the dangers when crossing roads, many schools give
supervised road safety instruction by school staff or ROSPA officials
in the safety of a school playground. These same children, however,
after school, go out, on foot or by bicycle to experience unsupervised
access to the real dangers of crossing
roads in the vicinity of their homes and schools.
Kindergarten and primary school children require
clear boundaries, practical guidance and in situ lessons relating to
the situations they will encounter on their neighbourhood roads and
The tasks of UK
communty and other local police can, with suitable training and the
assistance of a qualified teacher, give young schoolchildren practical
training in road safety. This
will encourage childrens' positive perception of community police and
other authority figures and help establish them as good role models
in their lives.
An example of good practice from Austria is illustrated below.
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