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Pupils to pass on road safety messages

Date: 15/12/2008           Category: Highways Traffic and Parking

Pupils from seven primary schools in Medway have signed up to be Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSO). The schools taking part are: Temple Mill Primary, Strood; High Halstow Primary; Fairview Community Primary, Rainham; St Thomas More RC Primary, Walderslade; St Margaret’s at Troy Town Primary, Rochester; All Saints CE Primary, Chatham and The Pilgrim School (CEVC), Rochester. This exciting road safety initiative enables pupils to carry out road safety assemblies in their school to raise awareness of road safety issues to fellow pupils. To help them do this, Medway Council’s road safety team will provide each school with a guidance folder, email links to other JRSO’s and regular newsletters. The road safety team will also be available for advice and suggestions. Each school is encouraged to adapt the initiative to address their own road safety education issues. This initiative could be used as an extension to the school council or part of their development towards eco school status. Cllr Phil Filmer, Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services, said: “The aim of the initiative is to raise the profile of road safety education in schools. JRSO’s have the opportunity to contribute to newsletters and attend one or more celebration events and will receive a certificate of thanks at the end of their year's service. This is a great scheme to help make school pupils aware of road safety issues.” To preview some of the materials produced for JRSO, please visit http://www.medway.gov.uk/index/environment/roads/roadsafety/saferjourneys/jrso.htm and follow the link to TfL.