Administrator Rik Hart said Council will be helping to build safety awareness by installing metal ‘Hold My Hand’ signs, created by the Little Blue Dinosaur Foundation, outside of each participating child care facility.
“Council is proud to support this pilot work of Little Blue Dinosaur, which boosts the efforts of our road safety programs and increases child safety on Central Coast roads,” he said.
The participating childcare facilities are Kanwal Little Coast Kids, Kariong Child Care Centre, Niagara Park Children’s Centre, Northlakes Little Coast Kids, Terrigal Children’s Centre, Toukley Little Coast Kids, Umina Child Care Centre, Wyong Little Coast Kids, Kooloora Preschool and Peninsula Community Centre Long Day Care.
Member for Robertson, Dr Gordon Reid MP, also backs the project.
“As an emergency department doctor, I am very supportive of initiatives to reduce motor vehicle accidents involving children and boost road safety awareness,” Dr Reid said.
“The Australian Government will continue working to improve road safety for pedestrians, especially children, in partnership with organisations like the Little Blue Dinosaur Foundation and Central Coast Council.”
When struck by a car travelling at 50 kilometres an hour or more, a person has a more than 90% chance of dying.
If the car is travelling at 40 kilometres an hour; the risk of dying is reduced to 55%.
Mrs McLaughlin said Tom has a job to do, albeit through her.
So listen to Tom. He wants parents and carers to hold kids’ hands around cars and roads.