Child Safety Expert Insists Teaching Road Safety for Kids to Kids Saves Lives
NEW SOUTH WALES, Australia May 2014 – Every parent wants their children to be safe at all times, so early on parents teach kids how to be safe by instilling values in them. They teach their children not to talk to strangers, to wear a seatbelt in the car, and to always walk on the footpath, amongst other things. But even with these child safety lessons ingrained, a simple error in judgement or a mere second is all that it takes to change a life forever.
Often there are times when parents are focused on teaching their children about other things that they forget that the moment their kids step outside the home, they are subject to risks beyond their control. Even in their own driveway a child can be at risk, especially since they cannot predict what comes around a corner. www.safethand.com.au
Jo Byron, road safety for kids advocate and creator of Safe-T-Hand, is familiar with the dangers that can happen when children are unaware of the importance of road safety. As a 13 year old child, Jo’s cousin, Karen Wilson, was crossing the road when she was hit by a car running a red light. That split-second event changed her life forever. She broke her arm, broke her leg in two places and sustained head injuries. Karen says, “I think the biggest thing that I felt was that I was going to get into trouble and that I had let my parents down. I was upset that I was missing so much school but I found it extremely difficult to keep school work or basic information in my head probably due to my head injury. I ended up needing a maths tutor for year 10 since I found math so difficult. I still find it difficult to remember phone numbers and help my children with maths homework. I now have arthritis in both knees and my left hip from the accident. I also have difficulty remembering some of my childhood.”
What happened to Jo’s cousin stayed with Jo for her entire life, and was even more of a potent memory after she had children of her own. “My cousin is now married with children but she still battles with health problems from that accident. I’d hate for any parent or child to experience the pain that my uncle and aunt went through,” Jo says. www.safethand.com.au
Karen’s accident had a life changing impact on Jo, and made her more cautious around roads and traffic. “Putting value on road safety for kids can prevent a lot of accidents from happening. I created Safe-T-Hand because I’d hate to see other families go through what happened to my family,” says Jo.
Safe-T-Hand ensures child safety by teaching children the importance of staying close to their parents’ car at all times with a fun, engaging sticker or magnet on the side of the car. It gives children something to focus on while parents are either opening car doors or putting something in the boot. Safe-T-Hand decreases traffic risks for children not only on the road, but also in driveways and parking lots as well. www.safethand.com.au
“I know a Safe-T-Hand wouldn’t have prevented my cousin’s tragedy, but if this simple, affordable and effective tool can prevent other families from going through similar tragedies then I know I’m making a positive difference,” says Jo.
Discover how Safe-T-Hand saves lives by giving parents a tool to make road safety for kids a priority, and a family discussion, at www.safethand.com.au.
- Contact Information
- Jo Byron
- (61) 0400 595 206
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