As children settle back into term 3, members of the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup community are being encouraged to get involved in the ‘Please Slow Down, Consider Our Kids’ program which reminds drivers to reduce their travel speeds.
Speed has been identified as one of the primary contributing factors in road crashes resulting in deaths and serious injury in Western Australia.
The Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup is committed to reducing travel speeds and is currently undertaking a safe speed project.
CEO, Ben Rose said “Every year approximately 20 children under the age of 16 years are killed on WA roads. In addition, a further 280 are severely injured requiring hospitalisation. These are alarming and tragic statistics.”
Officer in Charge of Donnybrook Police Station, Sergeant Ryan Van Der Heide said, “40km zones are in place during the school term. Police would like to remind parents, teachers and the general community to slow down and think of the safety of our children.”
“Motorists should also be mindful of the road rules around school buses, using indicators, slowing down and giving way. Waiting a few seconds for a bus to pull out is not going to make much difference to your travel time, but may prevent you from being involved in a serious accident” continued Sergeant Van Der Heide.
The ‘Please Slow Down, Consider Our Kids’ bin stickers are designed to be placed on the side of domestic waste bins.
The stickers act as a deterrent for speeding by providing a visual reminder to drivers to reduce their speed. As they are only displayed on bin collection days, it reduces the chance that drivers will become accustomed to them.
Since the program began, more than 25 Local Governments have successfully implemented the initiative by placing over 100,000 stickers on wheelie bins across Western Australia.
The Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup has stickers available for collection from the Shire Administration Office and they can also be collected from Donnybrook Police Station.
Simply affix the sticker high on the side of the bin facing oncoming traffic. Put your bin out for collection as normal and look out for others also displaying their bin stickers.
To find our more, contact the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup on 9780 4200.