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Holiday makers reminded to 'Slow Down Kids Around'

27 December 2017

Locals and holiday makers are urged to slow down this holiday season particularly around children.

Mayor Peter Gandolfi said with the influx of visitors to our seaside towns it is very important that drivers take extreme caution with many children enjoying summertime with their families at the beach.

In the summer of 2016, Wattle Range Council supported the Little Blue Dinosaur Holiday Time ‘Slow Down Kids Around’ road safety campaign.

Wattle Range Council is continuing its support of this important campaign, with signs reminding drivers to slow down being returned to key locations at Beachport this summer.

The Little Blue Dinosaur Foundation is dedicated to the education and awareness of drivers and children in the importance of road safety for children in unfamiliar environments in coastal towns.

Founded by Michelle and David McLaughlin, the foundation is dedicated to the memory of their son Tom. In January 2014, at just 4 years of age Tom tragically died in a roadside accident whilst on holidays with his family on the NSW Central Coast.

Locations identified as risk areas in Beachport include the playground, jetty and caravan parks as they are most likely to have an increased number of children and vehicles during the busy holiday period.

“We received positive feedback following the Campaign last summer,” Mr Gandolfi said. “Beachport’s population swells over the summer holidays and by reminding parents to hold their child's hand and drivers to slow down, we can significantly reduce the risk of a tragic accident.”

Mr Gandolfi also highlighted the need for those driving on the beach between Southend and Beachport to slow down well before any parked vehicles on the beach as children may be present.

For more information about the Little Blue Dinosaur Foundation visit littlebluedinosaur.org

 Holiday Safe Campaign
 Pictured: Todd and Brodie McDonald of Penola will remember to hold the hand of an adult when near the roads this summer.

For further information please contact:

Peter Gandolfi, Mayor
Email:                       pjg@wattlerange.sa.gov.au
Telephone:               (08) 8733 0900 or 0419 155 447


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