The Road Ahead : February 2013
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD FEB/MAR 2013 66 THIRTY-THREE PEOPLE who died on Queensland roads in 2011 were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, according to the latest road fatality statistics*. And seven of those fatalities were children aged up to 16 years, five more than was recorded in the previous year. In fact, that amounts to the highest number of children to have died as a result of being unrestrained in a vehicle in five years. It's statistics like these that have prompted the RACQ to take action by adding the Slip, Clip, Clap message to the successful Streets Ahead program. Slip, Clip, Clap is aimed at children aged from four to seven years, a stage where they are likely to assume responsibility for putting their own seat belt on, rather than relying on help from an adult. The concept it simple -- the child slips on the seatbelt, clips it securely, and claps to let the driver know they are safe to drive. "Slip, Clip, Clap enables kids to let you know they have their seatbelt on," RACQ Education Officer Chris Chard said. "During the presentation, we talk about children having their seatbelt on correctly and highlight the importance of resisting the urge to take their seatbelt off before the vehicle is stopped." Slip, Clip, Clap has been included in the Streets Ahead presentations tailored for younger primary school students. The program comprises four presentations that address passenger, pedestrian and bicycle safety in an interactive, fun way. RACQ's Streets Ahead education officers are all degree-qualified teachers who educate students through a variety of teaching methods including demonstrations, group work and discussions. Since its inception in 2007, the program has been presented to more than 104,000 children, from as far north as Cairns, west to Mt Isa and south to the Gold Coast. racq.com/schools. MEMBER ESSENTIALS | ROAD SAFETY slip, clip and clap STORY DEB ECCLESTON RACQ stocks a range of child restraints and child restraint accessories. To view the full range visit racq.com/shop. *2011 Fatal Road Traffic Crashes in Queensland -- A report on the road toll (published October 2012).