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Slow down, it’s holiday time

Visitors and residents are reminded about the importance of children’s road safety as the busy summer season approaches.

Eurobodalla Council has installed temporary banners at 10 local bus stops urging drivers to ‘slow down’ and for adults to hold the hand of children on or near roads.

The banners were provided through the Little Blue Dinosaur Foundation, which aims to help create safer environments for children and families on holiday.

The Foundation was established in memory of four-year-old Tom McLaughlin, who tragically passed away in a pedestrian road accident while on a Central Coast family vacation in 2014.

Council’s road safety officer Kate McDougall said Council was one of 25 local government areas participating in the Foundation’s ‘It’s Holiday Time’ campaign.

“Such large influxes of visitors to our area is great for our local economy, however with them comes increased traffic and pedestrians,” she said.

“Children on holiday are very excited and can’t always make safe choices around traffic. Adults should hold the hand of children until the age of 10, and supervise them closely until they are 12 and drivers need to slow down, especially when they see kids about.”

Above Julie, Max and Leo Blyth in front of the banners at Malua Bay Beach.

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