TAS boy seriously injured: bus safety talks to take place


Tasmanian school principals will be asked to reinforce road safety today, after a truck hit an 11-year-old boy as he got off a school bus in Tasmania on Wednesday


March 23, 2012

Tasmanian school principals will be asked to reinforce road safety today, after a truck hit an 11-year-old boy as he got off a school bus in Tasmania on Wednesday.

Education and Skills Minister Nick McKim says he will meet with school principals in southern Tasmania today to address safety matters.

"I have asked that Principals emphasise with students and in communications with parents that students need to be extremely vigilant crossing roads to get to school," Mr McKim says.

"It is important that we make sure we all give a clear message to students to take extra care, particularly when using buses."

The minister says the department will also contact principals in the north and north-west to ensure they raise road safety with students and parents.

The boy was hit just before 9am outside the Jordan River Learning Federation Middle School on Greenpoint Rd, and was taken into theatre by 11.35am with serious head and internal injuries.

The government has run community service advertisements since 2007 about slowing down to 40 when lights flash on buses.

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