Your child will learn about pedestrian safety by watching you, so use safe behaviour around cars, roads, footpaths and car parks – always stop, look, listen and think before crossing a road, and use pedestrian crossings wherever possible. Describe what you’re doing each time, so your child can understand why it’s important.

Always use the kerbside, rear passenger door when putting your child into his restraint. This way, your child will get used to always getting in and out of the car through the safest door – the one furthest away from traffic.

It’s important to be sure not to drink when you have to drive; or find a designated driver. This decision can save your life and the life of others.

Drinking and driving hurts everyone – through deaths, injuries and personal tragedies. It also hurts our economy through added costs for health care, emergency response and property damage.

Putting a stop to texting while driving. Make a difference today.

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. DON’T text while driving!

Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind. (VTTI)

Drivers who use hand-held devices are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Monash University)

Your child will…

September 21, 2012

Your child will learn about pedestrian safety by watching you, so use safe behavior around cars, roads, footpaths and car parks – always stop, look, listen and think before crossing a road, and use pedestrian crossings wherever possible. Describe what you’re doing each time, so your child can understand why it’s important.

Always use the kerbside, rear passenger door when putting your child into his restraint. This way, your child will get used to always getting in and out of the car through the safest door – the one furthest away from traffic.

It’s important to be sure not to drink when you have to drive; or find a designated driver. This decision can save your life and the life of others.

Drinking and driving hurts everyone – through deaths, injuries and personal tragedies. It also hurts our economy through added costs for health care, emergency response and property damage.

Putting a stop to texting while driving. Make a difference today.

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. DON’T text while driving!

Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind. (VTTI)

Drivers who use hand-held devices are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Monash University)

Driving should be enjoyable by staying safe, respecting others on the road and obeying the road rules.

Young children do not have the skills and abilities needed to be safe in traffic on their own. Teach children to be safe in the car and as a pedestrian on or near the road is a good start.

Children need lots of assistance from adults to manage the considerable risks associated with road use, particularly detecting the presence of traffic and judging the speed and distance of oncoming traffic.

Children learn road safety habits by watching and copying others, so set a good example.

Ensure that your child wears an appropriate and properly adjusted child restraint, booster seat or seatbelt on every car trip.

Teaching traffic safety to your preschooler can ready him for big adventures such as walking to the school bus. It also can promote independence and awareness of potential hazards

The risk of a death or injury crash in an urban 60km/h speed zone increases rapidly even with relatively small increases in speed. The casualty crash risk at 65km/h is about twice the risk at 60km/h. At 70km/h, the casualty crash risk is more than four times the risk at 60km/h.

For pedestrians, the risks are even greater. A person hit by a car travelling at 40km/h has a 25 per cent chance of being killed. Increase the speed to 60km/h and the crash becomes barely survivable with the pedestrian having an 85 per cent chance of being killed

Speeding also increases stopping distances. A car travelling at 60km/h in dry conditions takes about 38 metres to stop. A car travelling at 80km/h takes the length of more than half a football field to come to a stop.

  1. Speak up against speeding. Empower yourself and/or loved ones with life-saving road safety discipline.
  2. Speak up against drink driving. Empower yourself and/or loved ones with life-saving road safety discipline.
  3. Speak up against beating red light. Empower yourself and/or loved ones with life-saving road safety discipline.
  4. Speak up against not buckling-up. Empower yourself and/or loved ones with life-saving road safety discipline.

The importance …

September 21, 2012

The importance of speaking up in your life by expressing your opinions and stop people from doing the risky behaviour stunts in road safety context.

AES – the Automated Enforcement System – which has been much talked-about and anticipated since 2005 will become a reality this coming months when over 1,000 sophisticated cameras are activated around the country.
 
AES has been proven to do well in place like UK where use of AES resulted in a 42% decrease in deaths and serious injuries within 4 years.

AES-GOOD OR BAD?

April 22, 2010

AES-GOOD OR BAD?

The Automated Enforcement System or better known as AES will be installed at accident-prone areas and traffic light junctions to nab offenders. Authorities feel that if the perception of being caught is prevalent, offenders will be less likely to repeat bad road behaviour.  

"You Are Being Monitored" Road SignThere are mixed reactions to the idea of being watched. Many oppose to the system, believing that their privacy is being compromised and are a little hazy on the reliability of the system and its functions.

On the positive front, there are quite a number who believe that the AES system will bring about a lot of good by instilling fear in errant motorists and this in return will make our roads much safer. They also believe that it will put a stop to corrupt practices among enforcement officers.

After hearing the pros and cons, the idea that the number of road deaths may decrease outweighs all negative points. Why would you need privacy when driving? And for the reliability issue, well it is up to the authorities to ensure that there will be no discrepancies. Don’t you think any initiative taken to curb the number of innocent people including children dying on our roads is worth our support?

What do you think?

Innovate Solutions is an advocate of road safety and aims to change the attitudes of road users may it be in the corporate world or the general public. For futher information about training, events and matters regarding road safety, contact IS  at Tel: 603-7722 2610,  Email: info@innovate-solutions.com. The writer, Deepa Pasupathy is very passionate about road safety, and enjoys being a regular columnist for Innovate Solutions (IS).