Dianella Heights Primary School student named Road Safety Champion for Kiss, Click and Drive concept

Year 2 Student Alanna Shilo (7) has come up with the idea of renaming the 'Kiss and Drive' area to 'Kiss, Click and Drive' Picture: Matt Jelonek
Year 2 Student Alanna Shilo (7) has come up with the idea of renaming the 'Kiss and Drive' area to 'Kiss, Click and Drive' Picture: Matt Jelonek

A DIANELLA Heights Primary School Year 2 student has become a Road Safety Champion for launching WA’s first Kiss, Click and Drive system.

Acting Road Safety Commissioner Iain Cameron and Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson presented Ballajura resident Alanna Shilo (7) with a certificate on November 8.

Alanna said it felt “amazing” to receive the award.

“I saw kids getting in the car without their seatbelt and their parents driving off,” she said.

Principal Peter Jakimowiez, with Acting Road Safety Commissioner Iain Cameron and Local MP Amber-Jade Sanderson with Year 2 Student Alanna Shilo (7). Photo: Matt Jelonek

Alanna said since principal Peter Jakimowiez spread her idea to the school, she had seen more kids clicking in their seatbelts.

Mr Jakimowiez said the school was negotiating with the Education Department and the City of Stirling about changing its road signage and car bay markings during early 2019.

“We are all about changing the culture of driving around schools,” he said.

“There have been some near misses.

“Student voice is a really important part of our decision-making process within the school.”

Ms Sanderson said it was fabulous to see students like Alanna take an interest in the safety of all students.

Mr Cameron said he had not seen a concept like this before.

“Our vehicles are safer than they have ever been – they all rely on us wearing a seatbelt,” he said.

“Somebody who gets into a very modern car with every safety feature, it will all be undone if they are not wearing a seatbelt.”

According to the Commission, the percentage of people who thought it was not suitable to not wear a seatbelt dropped from 95 per cent in 2015 to 93 per cent in 2018.

In 2017, 22 people who died in a car crash on WA roads were not wearing seatbelts.