With many students across South Australia now entering the school holiday period, RAA is urging road users to show care over the break.
The majority of private schools across the state finish Term Four ahead of the official end of the public school term which ends on Friday, December 15.
This year’s crash data shows there have been twice as many vulnerable road user (pedestrian, cyclist or motorcyclist) fatalities in metropolitan Adelaide this year (28) compared to last year with a total of 14.
These statistics make it the equal worst year for vulnerable road user deaths in the state since 2001.
RAA Senior Manager Safety and Infrastructure, Charles Mountain said the summer holidays were an important time to make safe decisions on the road.
“As the school year winds down, we’re reminding all road users to show care to one another when they share the road this summer,” he said.
“While it can be a busy and distracting time of year with Christmas shopping, end-of-year events and trips away, there’s never any excuse for being distracted or impatient when you’re on the road.
“Getting angry at other road users can result in dangerous behaviour in the form of road rage which increases the level of risk to everyone.”
Mr Mountain encouraged drivers to look out for flashing amber lights or orange flags that indicate school crossings are still in operation with some schools yet to complete the school year.
“For parents walking with young children, it’s important to hold their hand and encourage safe behaviours around the roads,” he said.
“Set a good example, and remember to ‘stop, look, listen, and think’ when crossing a road – including at designated crossing points.
“Our advice to drivers is to leave a few minutes earlier than needed and look out for one another, especially vulnerable road users such as walkers, riders and children.”