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THE aim of the campaign is to raise an awareness of the dangers that children face every day on the road.

“We encourage drivers to take precautionary measures and avoid aggressive driving,” Den Hollander added.

Childsafe said most of the children “injured or killed on SA roads are passengers and pedestrians who are hit as a direct result of reckless or negligent drivers who drive too fast, are drunk and take risky decisions on the road.”

Principal of Victoria Primary School Lajeeth Maharaj said the school has implemented a safety programme aimed at keeping the pupils safety.

“We have initiated a safety programme at school to look after those pupils using public transport to get home.

“We keep them inside the school until their transport comes to pick them up from school. In doing so, we intend to avoid road accidents that occur when children are on the road. Through this programme the school has managed to alleviate road accidents.”

Maharaj added that the issue of school security is a major concern to school principals.

“The fact is that 80% of my pupils come by public transport.

“At dismissal times in and around our schools there is an increase in vehicles and pupils. Thembi Khuzwayo and Jabu Masango have been doing a sterling job in ensuring that our children are safe and secure after school.

“I am also grateful to my staff who have volunteered to work after school hours to do duty in taking care of our pupils.

“School security should be made a priority by our government. We cannot compromise on the safety of our children,” Maharaj said.

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