So often school drop off and pickup times are rushed and hectic. There are lots of traffic, pedestrians and cyclists. Taking risks, being complacent, distracted or hurried during these times can have serious outcomes.
The Queensland Government website outlines that a pedestrian includes a person who is
- walking or running
- using a wheeled recreational device such as rollerblades or a skateboard
- using a personal mobility device
- using a wheelchair.
When driving, or riding in Queensland, you must:
- give way to pedestrians using children's, pedestrian or marked foot crossings
- give way to pedestrians crossing a road you're turning into
- give way to pedestrians in a shared zone or slip lane
- travel at a speed allowing you to stop safely at a crossing if needed
- prepare to stop if you see another vehicle or bicycle stop, or slow down near a crossing.
We all know that students can run out from behind buses or cars without looking for traffic. They can also be preoccupied chatting with other students or using headphones or on their phones.
It is important to concentrate and remember to slow down, observe speed limits and be aware of pedestrians and crossing locations around school areas.