The safety warning to all drivers

Drivers have been warned to take greater care behind the wheel on Friday morning, as hundreds of young children were expected to participate in Walk Safely to School Day across Queensland.

The annual event, held 18 May, encouraged students to commute to school by riding or walking in an effort to increase physical exercise while decreasing congestion and the risk of a crash.

RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie said with more children expected in and around roads, drivers needed to stay vigilant.

“We should be driving carefully every day but particularly on a day like Walk Safely to School Day,” Ms Ritchie said.

“This is a great opportunity for parents and caregivers to discuss road safety with children and to instil good habits about how to cross roads properly.

“Young children don’t have particularly strong spacial awareness and it can take years for them to learn how to safely interact with cars, that’s why we as drivers have such an important role to play.”

Ms Ritchie reminded drivers about reduced speed limits through school zones.

“Keep an eye on your speedo through school zones with drivers required to travel at 40km/h between 7-9am and 2-4pm.”