Residents and visitors may notice new signs appearing around the region encouraging motorists to slow down as children are about, whilst also reminding parents to hold their child’s hand when crossing a road.
The ‘Holiday Time’ campaign was established in 2014 on the Central Coast by the Little Blue Dinosaur Foundation, after the tragic death of Tom McLaughlin in a pedestrian accident during a family holiday.
2019 marks the fourth year of the campaign in the Shoalhaven with signs funded by local community groups with the support of Shoalhaven City Council. Hold My Hand signage has already been installed throughout the Shoalhaven with a launch of the road safety campaign held at the intersection of Elizabeth Drive, Burton St and Wool Rd, Vincentia.
Road Safety Officer Kym Snow said we are incredibly lucky to live in a region where families enjoy outdoor actives, however, we all need to continue to be vigilant on our roads.
“Children don’t often think before they walk or realise the dangers on our roads and it is up to all of us to be aware of pedestrians around our roads.” Mrs. Snow said.
“This campaign has been running for a few summers in the Shoalhaven and is a reminder to both residents and visitors to be aware of increased pedestrian activity in the area.
“The signs are located in Vincentia, Huskisson, Callala Bay, Callala Beach, Basin Villages, Sussex Inlet, Hyams Beach, Bendalong, Manyana, Milton, Mollymook, Cambewarra and Lake Tabourie, Wandandian and Holiday Haven Parks were launched earlier in December and will remain until the end of the busy summer season.
“We hope these signs not only make people more aware but also save lives.” Mrs. Snow said.
Council would like to thank Community groups for their commitment to the importance of pedestrian safety, and are encouraging residents to teach their children about road safety this holiday season and, to slow down and be aware if they see a Hold My Hand sign.