Butterflies help keep kids safe

CHARLOTTE Storey’s love of drawing butterflies has seen her win a national design competition to keep young children safe around cars.

The Albury Primary School student, 5, had just learnt to write her name when she created her winning design.

The butterfly picture, complete with Charlotte’s hand-penned name, features on a Safe-T-Hand magnet.

The magnet sticks to vehicles and encourages children to put their hand on the handprint and not run off into traffic.

Mum Suzie Storey was full of pride yesterday.

“(Charlotte) was so excited and felt special,” she said.

“We had been looking at the magnets because of my youngest, because he’s a runner.”

The idea is the brainchild of former policewoman Jo Byron.

The Albury mum-of-three, who now teaches road safety, said she saw too many accidents and near misses in the police force.

“There are 4440 children injured on Australia’s roads each year, and in the past decade there were 204 accidental deaths of children on the roads,” Mrs Byron said.

Safe-T-Hands come in seven designs, cost $24.50 and are available at safethand.com.

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