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Junior Road Safety Officers celebrate a successful year

Date: 26/07/2010           Category: Community Safety

Junior Road Safety Officers across Medway came together at Arethusa Adventure Centre, Upnor to celebrate another successful year of spreading useful road safety messages. The enthusiastic and hard working team let off some steam by taking part in archery and rock climbing at the centre, followed by a special awards ceremony. The afternoon was organised to say thank you to the children for helping to promote road safety messages to their peers. There are currently 16 schools in Medway that have signed up to the scheme. Each school elects between two and four students from key stage two to take on the Junior Road Safety Officer role. Once in post, the officer undertakes various tasks including running competitions, creating and displaying posters, organising activities and talking to fellow students about the different challenges they face as young pedestrians. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Frontline Services, Cllr. Phil Filmer said: “The Junior Road Safety Officer scheme is straightforward and won’t eat into teachers’ time. Most importantly it’s fantastic for getting practical and life saving advice across to vulnerable road users, in an interesting and engaging way.” Andy Dickinson, Safer Journeys Officer added: “When I was a teacher, I was sometimes overwhelmed by the number of different schemes on offer from various organisations. Knowing which one to go for, could feel like an arduous task, but this scheme is easy to join and we’d like to urge other schools to sign up”. For more information about what’s on offer email travel.safety@medway.gov.uk or call Andy Dickinson on 01634 331832.