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Lesson in road safety for pupils

Date: 26/09/2008           Category: Highways Traffic and Parking

A recent talk to Medway school pupils by Medway Council’s Parking Team prompted children at Byron Primary School in Gillingham to put together some very imaginative road safety artwork and letters. Kevin Edwards, a Civil Enforcement Officer for Medway Council, was only too glad to lead the talk after his daughter, who is a pupil at Byron, approached him about it following a topic covered in class. The school have voiced ongoing concerns with drivers illegally parking on the school-keep-clear markings along Byron Road during peak school hours and so the talk came at an ideal time. Children were educated about parking enforcement, the role of a civil enforcement officer (CEO), road safety issues associated with the school run and the importance of drivers parking appropriately on the road. During the discussion, one enthusiastic pupil asked where the wheel clamps are kept, much to the amusement of the CEO, assuming that they were part of the officer’s uniform. Other pupils wrote in eagerness for their parents to consider parking a short distance away from the school and then walking the remainder. The children were also made aware of their lack of visibility to drivers when crossing roads. Headteacher, Jim Fernie said: "The visit was a valuable learning resource for the children and they showed their appreciation by writing thank you letters to Mr Edwards. Hopefully parents will listen to their children regarding parking issues around the school." Byron Primary are currently taking part in the ‘Walk on Wednesday’ initiative, as well as developing a School Travel Plan. These are just a few of the positive steps the school is taking to bring road safety issues to the forefront of the school community.