Kids urged to name driver superheroes

By Nathan Crombie nathan.crombie@age.co.nz -
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Holly McGeorge, Wairarapa Road Safety Council projects co-ordinator, is urging children aged under 13 to nominate their road safety superhero. PHOTO/FILE
Holly McGeorge, Wairarapa Road Safety Council projects co-ordinator, is urging children aged under 13 to nominate their road safety superhero. PHOTO/FILE

Wairarapa schoolchildren have a final chance tomorrow morning to shine a light for their greatest Road Safety Superhero and win prizes in return.

Holly McGeorge, projects co-ordinator for the Wairarapa Road Safety Council, said the organisation helped celebrate Road Safety Week this week with a call for younger schoolchildren in Wairarapa to nominate their superhero.

"If any children aged under 13 know of a driver, say, who is always courteous to cyclists on the road or is always wearing their seatbelt or doesn't ever have bouts of road rage, whatever kids identify as good road safety habits then they can nominate their hero on the radio."

Ms McGeorge said prospective young nominators can name as their superhero, a driver who smiles while driving, follows the road rules or gives way, and looks out for other road users like pedestrians and schoolchildren.

Children need to nominate their superhero on the Brent Gare Breakfast show on 89.5 More FM.

They have only tomorrow morning left to nominate and each caller will be put in a draw for a $100 petrol voucher for their hero and a new scooter and helmet to keep.

The winners will be drawn and announced on air tomorrow morning, Ms McGeorge said, adding there are three prize packs up for grabs.

Ms McGeorge said she also called at Cameron Community House in east Masterton yesterday morning to share information and help fitting car restraints for infants and younger children but had been forced to reschedule the visit due to heavy weather.

She was keen to hear from any other childcare centres that wanted a similar educational visit and urged managers or other childcare staff to call her at (06) 377 1379. More information about the Wairarapa Road Safety Council and Road Safety Week may be viewed online, with all links to supporting agencies, at www wairsc.org.nz.

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