Girl hit by flying toilet
Portaloo accident threatens life of US teen.
By Scott Dunlop
Teens in the US are able to drive to school two years before their SA counterparts, but, with great driving responsibility come great t risks; take the case of the teen girl in Maine who narrowly escaped death when her car was struck by a flying toilet.
Article originally in Parent24
Fortunately, this potentially fatal accident didn’t injure the shocked girl, who managed to make a clean getaway from the portable toilet. The incident occurred as she was pulling into the school parking lot at the same time that a portable toilet delivery company was pulling out, and the toilet, which was clean (!) got dumped on her car, according to the Bangor Daily News.
The dangers of flying toilets are hardly top-of-mind for parents teaching their kids road safety, but it’s always wise to be on the lookout for potential dangers on the road.
On a more serious note…
A recent study in the UK has shown that 12-year-old pedestrians are in the age group most likely to be killed or seriously injured in road accidents, according to British Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.
McLoughlin cited a lack of road safety instruction together with children of 12 being allowed more independence as they reach this age as factors. 12-year-old children are more frequently allowed to walk to school or other places than younger children.
In SA, children are often forced to walk to school, especially in rural areas, but may also risk accidents as a result of drivers ignoring the rules of the road regarding pedestrians, or of drivers driving or racing other vehicles while under the influence.
Does your child know how to cross roads safely?