Walking for health and road safety awareness

NT Government

Students all across the Territory will be walking to school today for National Walk Safely to School Day.

Now in its 23rd year, this important awareness raising day serves multiple purposes by promoting road safety, as well as the health, transport and environmental benefits of walking.

At Driver Primary School this morning, the Chief Minister, Natasha Fyles and Minister for Education, Lauren Moss will join students on a walk to school, along with Hector the Road Safety Cat.

Hector will be there to share his tips on how to be a great pedestrian by making sure to use designated pedestrian crossings, looking both ways, and holding an adult’s hand to cross the road.

He will get out to other schools throughout the day to share these important messages.

In addition to the important safety conversations, Walk Safely to School Day, a part of the broader National Road Safety Week, is also an opportunity to educate the school community on healthy habits and the environmental benefits of leaving the car at home.

Quotes attributable to Chief Minister, Natasha Fyles

“As the mother of two children I know how important it is to promote an active lifestyle, and what better way than to start each day with a walk to school.

“National Walk Safely to School Day is a great initiative and we support the involvement of schools all across the Territory – and it times perfectly with the start of the Dry Season, to make for a beautiful morning walk.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, Lauren Moss

“It’s really important that our children learn road safety skills at a young age and we’re glad to share the opportunity to promote these safety messages and the health benefits of walking with the kids from Driver Primary School this morning.”

Northern Territory Government

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