The Reasons that Children are Unreliable Pedestrians
As the school holidays wrap up, it’s a timely reminder to slow down on the roads, particularly around schools. To ensure the highest level of pedestrian safety, motorists must maintain a speed of no more than 40km per hour in these areas to help protect our kids.
According to a paper published by the Australian Automobile Association “Most child pedestrian deaths result from an error made by the child”, which is likely due to their unpredictable behaviour on, and near, roads. Children can be more at risk than adults due to number of developmental factors, including -
· Poor ability to judge the distance and speed that a vehicle is travelling;
- · Being more easily distracted by surroundings,
- · Underdeveloped peripheral vision, meaning they cannot always see vehicles approaching;
- · Vulnerability in regards to body size and strength in comparison to that of road traffic.
By slowing down in school zones, drivers give themselves more time to stop a car in an emergency situation. For example, if a child ran out onto the road without looking (as they are highly likely to do), a car travelling at 40km/h is more likely to be able to stop in time than a car travelling at 60km/h.
One of the factors affecting the efficiency of school speed zones is driver knowledge of where they are and when they are enforced, so be sure to make yourself aware. Follow this simple guide to school zones -
· School zones are marked by road signs, pedestrian crossings and in many areas, flashing electronic signs or lights;
· They operate Monday to Friday within school terms, including Staff Development/Student Free Days;
· The standard school zone times are between 8am - 9:30am and 2:30pm - 4pm, but always read the signage as this may vary.
As a motorist, it is your responsibility to make sure you are aware of the road rules, your surroundings and that your car is kept in good working order. Ignorance is not an excuse.
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