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Putting a foot down for road safety

STUDENTS from Lindisfarne Primary School put their foot down for Walk Safely to School Day on Friday 11 September.

Students were encouraged to walk with parents or teachers from nearby the school to get some much needed exercise before the school day.

Tasmania Police understand the importance of the day and want parents to talk to their children about road safety, and teach them how to stop, look both ways and listen out for traffic before crossing the road.

Constable Jo Banks-Smith said road safety was everyone’s responsibility, whether you were driving in a car, riding a bike or walking on a footpath.

“Walking to school is a great way to stay active, but children should be accompanied by an adult wherever possible,” she said.

“Make sure they know how important it is to stay on the footpath and to only cross at designated pedestrian crossings.”

Professor Patrick McGorry AO urged families with primary school aged children to start putting their best foot forward following a significant rise in anxiety, depression and overall poor mental health among young Australians due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

“The recent pandemic dramatically interrupted the routines of families with young children as schools closed for extended periods of time and organised sport was postponed until further notice,” Professor McGorry said.

“The mental and physical health impacts of COVID-19 are intertwined and we need to act quickly to flatten the rising curve of young Australians now struggling with mental health.”

National Walk Safely to School Day was a community initiative that aims to raise awareness of the health, road safety, transport and environmental benefits that regular walking (especially to and from school) can provide for the long-term wellbeing of our children.