RACQ and QPS join forces to teach kids about road safety

RACQ and Queensland Police Service will this week team up for the first time to teach some of the State’s youngest people about the importance of road safety, as part of Queensland Road Safety week.

RACQ’s Education team would visit Yeppoon’s Byfield State School on Wednesday and Ridgelands State School on Thursday to present its award-winning Streets Ahead program to more than 60 primary school students.

RACQ’s Education Officer Jo Terry said police would join in with students from Prep to Year 6 to help teach them about how to be a safe pedestrian, cyclist and passenger.

“This is the first time we’ll have police officers in the lessons with us and we’re really pleased to have them on board,” Ms Terry said.

“It not only strengthens our road safety messages but enhances the level of teaching, learning and interaction the children can have.”

Ms Terry said students would learn about a range of issues including safe play areas, how to avoid being a distracting passenger, how to cross the road safely and bike safety equipment.

“These messages will help to build a solid foundation about how to interact safely in and around cars,” she said.

“We believe these road safety lessons will help protect students today and into the future.”