Expert advice to boost kids’ road safety

Child health expert Donna Cross will hold a seminar at Curtin University this month on children and road safety.
Child health expert Donna Cross will hold a seminar at Curtin University this month on children and road safety.

CHILD and adolescent health expert Donna Cross will hold a seminar to help researchers, teachers, doctors and people employed in road safety understand how children perceive traffic and road hazards.

To be held at Curtin University, the Child Pedestrian Injuries seminar aims to increase community awareness of the limitations children under 10 have in a road environment.

‘Children can’t process lots of cognitive decisions at once, so if they are distracted by a ball, for example, they may not see a car,’ Professor Cross said.

‘It’s possible they can misjudge the speed or distance vehicles might take to come towards them.’

She said adults were alarmed to learn children of school age should still be accompanied around roads.

The July 25 seminar will be held on July 25.