Feilding Herald : January 26th 2012
23 THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012 TURNERS GIFTS & LUGGAGE 101-105 Fergusson St, Feilding Ph 06 323 4248 Open Mon-Fri 8.30-5.30pm Sat 9am-3pm $44.99 $54.99 $34.95 $39.95 $39.99 $39.99 4319794AA bags for school • sports • travel OPEN DAY Saturday 28 January • 10am - 2pm. COME AND SEE OUR WONDERFUL NEW LEARNING CENTRE AT 2A HAGGITT STREET, FEILDING Now licensed for children from birth to school age Rainbow Steps Learning centre is a stepping stone to your child's future in an environment that nurtures your child's learning and is welcoming, supportive and family orientated. Phone 06 323 0646 4305700AA Tutoring & Music Lessons Specialising in ukulele, guitar and Keyboard. Individual tutoring in Mathematics and ESOL Trish Smart NZ Registered Teacher, BRP, Tchg Diploma, ATCL, AmusTCL Lees Rd, Feilding Phone 3238575 or Mob: 027 330 5187 4298395AA GAYE CARRINGTON-SMITH Singing Teacher Vacancies available for 2012 year 4297364AA Experienced in Opera, Lieder, Oratorio Classical & Modern Song BY APPOINTMENT Feilding Phone (06) 324 0033 4330676AA Drivers must take care at schools Stay alert: Watch out for children when driving past schools, preschools, or daycare facilities, particularly at drop- off and pick-up times.Photo: FAIRFAX Next Monday marks the start of back to school'' for most children, and the Motor Trade Association (MTA) is urging motorists to be extra-vigilant at schools, preschools and day-care facilities. Statistics show the peak times for injury accidents involving pedestrians coincides with school drop-off and pick-up times -- 8am to 9am and 3pm to 4pm. Parents busy thinking about getting children back into routines, new uniforms, school stationery lists and out-of-school activities are easily distracted and need to concentrate on driving instead. All drivers, not just parents, need to be totally aware of what's happening around school zones, school buses and daycare centres,'' MTA spokes- woman, Ana Zandi said. Safety has to be the first priority, even though this usually takes place when people typically have a lot on their minds. The rush to beat traffic and make appointments or start times can lead to drivers concentrating on their own needs at the expense of children, students or other road users.'' There has been a shift in transport patterns around schools, especially in recent years. Many more parents drive their children to and from school, and many older secondary students drive a car to school. Some of the students will be restricted drivers with limited experience in traffic. Some children will be new to the school routine and excited to see their friends. These factors mean there is a lot more activity and congestion at school pick-up and drop-off points. Double parking, passengers getting into and out of vehicles on the wrong'' side, children dashing between parked cars and excessive speeds are commonplace outside many schools. We would urge those dropping children off at school or daycare to be especially careful as they start the year. Being safer around schools and daycares should be a priority, all year round,'' Ms Zandi said. Good parents, carers and drivers should: Observe speed limits outside schools and daycare centres, typically 30 kmh Ensure that whoever is driving is licensed to carry passengers Be familiar with school or daycare pick-up and drop-off points and procedures Avoid double parking, especially dangerous where children can dart from between parked vehicles Agree with children on safe procedures -- where to stand, when to cross, which door to get in and out of. Be especially aware if you need to back your vehicle -- children are hard to spot from inside many vehicles. Ensure children are properly seated in appropriate safety seats that are correctly installed. This is par- ticularly necessary where car seats are shifted from one vehicle to another, for example when grand- parents are picking up children. If you are unsure if they are properly installed, visit your nearest MTA member.
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