Our road safety champion Alanna Shilo
Acting Road Safety Commissioner Iain Cameron and Member for Morley Amber-Jade Sanderson had the pleasure of meeting WA’s newest Road Safety Champion Alanna Shilo.
Seven year old Alanna was brought to the attention of the Road Safety Commission by her Principal at Dianella Heights Primary School, Peter Jakimowiez.
The Year Two student approached her teachers when she noticed some parents were failing to restrain their children before moving off from the Kiss and Drive area at the front of the school.
Alanna suggested changing the name of the drop off-pick up area to Kiss, Click and Drive as a reminder to parents to safely buckle up their children before driving home.
The Acting Commissioner and Ms Sanderson presented Alanna with a Road Safety Champion certificate for her amazing road safety initiative that has been embraced by the entire school.
“I came up with the idea about three months ago, because if there’s a crash or someone opens the car door they could hurt themselves more,” said Alanna after receiving her certificate.
“This shows me that the school has a great culture, they listened to Alanna and now students here will be safer,” said Mr Cameron.
Alanna was given three cheers by her peers for her idea at a school assembly, Dianella Heights Primary School has spread the road safety initiative through its newsletter.
“I think it would be fantastic to see this initiative implemented in schools locally, highlighting the fact that people need to get their seatbelt on before they get moving in the car,” said Ms Sanderson.
Mr Jakimowiez is talking with the Department of Education and the City of Stirling regarding signage and car bay markings for the newly designated Kiss, Click and Drive