Our most precious road usersMore than 180,000 children lose their lives on the world’s roads each year.
Victoria Police will join the TAC, VicRoads and the Department of Justice next week to raise awareness about children’s safety on our roads as part of the Third UN Global Road Safety Week.
Assistant Commissioner for Road Policing Robert Hill said police would run Operation Kids Safe in an effort to address the issues around road safety and children.
“Our focus will especially be around those areas where children are most vulnerable such as school zones. Police will also focus on shopping strips and sporting clubs – including where the speed limits are set at 40km/h. Our officers will be closely monitoring drivers speeds and targeting distraction offences,” AC Hill said.
“They’ll also be watching kids on bikes to ensure they have their helmets on.
“One of the other key areas of focus will be unrestrained children. Seatbelts have been proven to save lives. Not wearing a seatbelt significantly increases the risk of death or serious injury in the event of a collision.
“As responsible drivers, we need to be vigilant and always focused on the safety of children in our vehicle and on the roads as pedestrians and cyclists.”
Police from State Highway Patrol will run Operation Kids Safe from 4 to 10 May across Melbourne, Casey, Dandenong, Yarra Ranges, Wangaratta and Monash.
Police will also take part in Road Trauma Support Services Victoria’s Shine a Light on Road Safety campaign by turning on their headlights this weekend in the lead up to global road safety week.
The Third UN Global Road Safety Week will run from 4 to 10 May 2015. For more information visit http://www.who.int/roadsafety/week/2015/en/
Victoria Police Media Unit