Dummies help drive road safety message at school
By LEONIE BRANN
SOME model students have been enlisted to help St Joseph's School in Alstonville drive home an important road safety message.
The three life-size wooden models, dressed in the St Joseph's school uniform, were placed like sentinels on the footpath in front of the school in Main Street, from Wednesday to Friday, to keep an eye on the busy thoroughfare and remind motorists to slow down in the 40km/h school speed zone.
Holding up signs that said 'Slow down', 'School zone, please slow down' and 'Watch out, kids about', the dummies, with their moveable arms, are part of a new strategic plan for road safety introduced by the school this term.
The strategic plan includes changes to set down and pickup points for parents and carers in cars, as well as new marshalling areas for students who travel by bus.
The plan also covers supervision of students before they leave school for the day.
Parents, teachers and students have also completed a road safety survey to measure their response to the changes. The responses are being collated by teachers, with results available in a few weeks.
St Joseph's School principal Annmaree Cox said the dummies were intended to raise awareness of road safety issues and the importance of protecting vulnerable young road users.
"We wanted to alert parents and carers school is back and when driving around school areas they need to be more careful," she said.
The dummies were lent to school by Lismore City Council road safety officer Wendy Johnson. The program was organised with the help of Sue Hethrington, drug and road safety adviser for the Catholic Education Office.