Harm-prevention charity, the TrackSAFE Foundation is today sending out important safety messages as part of ‘Walk Safely to School Day’ with reminders to all school-aged children and parents to take care when walking to and from school, especially if walking near railway lines and level crossings.
“Today marks the annual Walk Safely to School Day; an important national initiative the rail industry backs to see increased safe pedestrian practices among school students,” said Naomi Frauenfelder, Executive Director TrackSAFE Foundation.
“Every day there are numerous students who are required to cross tracks or walk adjacent to rail lines to get to school; it is critical students obey the rules, avoid trespassing and are aware of the risks involved when it comes to trains.
“There are also important safety messages to be shared for parents escorting children to school. For parents and carers taking children to school, using public transport such as trains and trams is a fantastic way to stay active. It is important however that adults hold hands with children up to the age of 10 when crossing tram tracks or a level crossing.
“Responsible adults should walk with children and help them be aware of their surroundings and learn how to be a safe pedestrian, this includes: standing behind any safety lines marked out; hopping off scooters or bikes when crossing tracks, waiting when signals are flashing and gates are closing at level crossings, removing headphones and putting away mobile devices.
“TrackSAFE Education is our safety education program for schools to help students learn safe behaviours around trains and tracks. Fully funded by the Australian rail industry, the TrackSAFE Education program provides consistency in rail safety education throughout Australia. I encourage all of Australia’s primary and high schools to get involved in our free evidence-based rail safety education program and help empower students to make safe choices when near trains, tracks and level crossings,” said Ms Frauenfelder.
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