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Unique partnership launches “RoadSafe” education program

AN RACT online road safety awareness and knowledge resource for grade three and four students is now up and running following an official launch at Warrane Primary School during Road Safety Week earlier this month.

The program is being rolled out for the first time with assistance from University of Tasmania teaching students.

The program’s launch follows a successful pilot at a number of Tasmanian schools last year.

The pilot revealed that only 43.59 per cent of students knew the difference between stop and give way signs, and what they must do; only 44.38 per cent knew how to get in and out of cars safely; and only 57.62 per cent knew how to cross a road when there are no crossings available.

RACT executive general manager Membership & Community Stacey Pennicott said the RACT was pleased to partner with the University of Tasmania to ensure the successful roll out of the program into the school curriculum.

“Young children were vulnerable road users and being able to teach them from an early age was important for longer term,” she said.

“It is obviously important that we teach children at an early age about road safety, for when they are in a vehicle and when they are around traffic.”

Mrs Pennicott said the teaching resource was the first of its kind for Tasmania that aimed to improve student knowledge in areas including bike riding, sign safety, passenger safety and pedestrian safety.

“The resource was designed for use in the classroom, for individuals to use on their own and for group-based learning,” she said.

“Importantly, it will provide key statistics to assist develop future resources.”

The program is being offered at several schools across Tasmania, with the Bicycle Network visiting a select number – including Warrane Primary School – to deliver bike education lessons for students.

This will complement and further students’ knowledge about “Right Riding and Bike Safety”.

Caption: From left, student teacher Jenny Singleton, 10-year-old Hannah Logan, RACT executive general manager Membership & Community Stacey Pennicott and nine-year-old Manjari Gurung.