Watch out! There are children about

The State’s peak motoring body has reminded drivers to keep an eye out for children near the road on Friday when thousands of school students hit the pavement on Walk Safely to School Day.

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said students across the State would be walking some or all the way to school.

“The is a great initiative for children to get out in the open and do some exercise before school,” Ms Hunter said.

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“But little ones don’t have the same road sense as adults so it’s important drivers stay alert if they see children heading to school.

“All the road rules apply so don’t be distracted and don’t speed – and be especially aware when you’re entering school zones.

“This is also a good opportunity to teach students good road safely habits like reminding young children to cross crossing the road while holding an adult’s hand and being sensible around traffic.”

Ms Hunter said it was also a chance for families to escape the school drop off chaos.

“If you and the kids can’t walk the all way to school, try parking a few blocks away from school, that way you can take part in the exercise and enjoy a calmer start to the school day.”