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An RACT online road safety awareness and knowledge resource for grade three and four students has been officially launched today (2 May) during Road Safety Week.

The program’s launch follows a successful pilot at a number of Tasmanian schools last year.

The program is being rolled out for the first time this week with assistance from University of Tasmania teaching students.

Executive general manager Membership & Community Stacey Pennicott said the RACT was pleased to partner with the University of Tasmania to ensure the successful roll out of the program into the school curriculum.

“Young children were vulnerable road users and being able to teach them from an early age was important for longer term,” she said.

“It is obviously important that we teach children at an early age about road safety, for when they are in a vehicle and when they are around traffic.”

Mrs Pennicott said the teaching resource was the first of its kinds for Tasmania that aimed to improve student knowledge in areas including bike riding, sign safety, passenger safety and pedestrian safety.

“The resource was designed for use in the classroom, for individuals to use on their own and for group-based learning,” she said. “Importantly, it will provide key statistics to assist develop future resources.”

The program is being offered this week at the following schools:

  • Warrane Primary School
  • Invermay Primary School
  • Ridgley Primary School
  • New Norfolk Primary School
  • St Marys District School
  • Cressy District School
  • Avoca Primary School
  • Port Sorell Primary School
  • Deloraine Primary School

Bicycle Network is also attending three of the schools (Warrane Primary, Cressy District and Deloraine Primary) to deliver bike education lessons for students.

This will complement and further students’ knowledge about “Right Riding and Bike Safety”.