Back to school road safety

Published on 01 February 2023

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Upper Hutt tamariki are back to school and there’s some things everyone can do to help keep them safe.

People driving to and near schools should:

  • Watch out for children walking, scooting, or cycling
  • Be alert for children and be prepared to stop
  • Be ready to stop at student-controlled school crossings

If you’re a parent, caregiver, or whānau member you can join your child on the walk, scoot, or cycle to work to teach them:

  • where to cross the road and how to cross safely
  • any tricky driveways they should be careful of
  • to cross with their school patrol if they have one

If you’re driving your child to or from school:

  • Get them to exit and enter the car from the footpath side of the road.
  • Stop and park legally and away from the school gate. No stopping or parking on broken yellow lines
  • Children under 7 years must be in an appropriate car seat that’s fitted correctly
  • Use a child restraint (or booster seat) until children are 148 cm tall

We’re offering FREE child car safety checks in partnership with Plunket Upper Hutt. To find out more and to book a session, visit our webpage.

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