Primary schools are sending their students to class with 40km/h speed signs stuck to their backpacks to improve road safety.
The bags, called Safely Backpacks, are part of a campaign put together by the Australian Road Safety Foundation (ARSF) to remind Brisbane drivers to stick to the school zone speed limit, reports Daily Mail.
‘We understand that people are often in a rush to get somewhere, but it’s not worth risking the life of anyone to get to work on time,’ said Founder and CEO of the ARSF Russell White.
‘Every year thousands of motorists are caught speeding in school zones and endangering our communities, so take a moment, slow down and pay attention to your surroundings.’
In the past year alone, more than 170 pedestrians have been killed in road incidents.
Junction Park State School in Brisbane have made the Safely Backpacks compulsory for students.
Principal of Junction Park State School Christine Wood said: ‘We’re excited to be a part of this new initiative which will help save kids’ lives.
‘We want parents to feel safe when they send their child to school and are thrilled to be able to offer these to our students at no cost.’
Sadly just yesterday a young primary school girl was killed on her way home from school when she was hit by a truck. It was her first day of term 2.
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