We are supporting a national campaign which aims to celebrate road safety heroes during Road Safety Week.
Road Safety Week, which runs between Monday, 15 and Sunday, 21 November is organised by Brake – a road safety charity. The week aims to celebrate local teams and individuals who keep the community safe by teaching and practicing road safety.
We are celebrating our road safety heroes, including our road safety officers and over 20 school crossing patrols.
Medway’s school crossing patrol officers are out every day, in all weather conditions, helping children and young people get to school safely. Parents and carers can also help children stay safe by holding their hands when crossing or walking near a road, using pedestrian crossings to cross the road and ensuring children wear a helmet when cycling and use quieter cycle paths, if possible. It is also vital that parents and carers ensure that their children are seated in well-fitted, appropriately sized child seats if travelling by car.
Our Sustainable Transport Team visits school throughout the year to teach pupils, of all ages, vital road safety skills as well as helping schools across Medway create walking buses. Cycle Training in schools, called Bikeability, is also arranged by the Sustainable Transport Team.
We are encouraging residents to become road safety heroes all year round by driving at a safe and appropriate speed, always wearing a seatbelt and never using a phone while driving. It is illegal to drive whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
We all have a duty to keep Medway safe
Cllr Phil Filmer, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Frontline Services, said: “I would like to thank all of our school crossing patrols and the council’s own Sustainable Transport team for all their hard work helping to keep residents safe. Their work to protect Medway’s children and young people supports our aspiration to become a Child-Friendly City. We all have a duty to help keep ourselves, and others, safe on Medway’s roads.”
Stop, look, listen
Deborah Holdaway, one of Medway’s Road Safety Hero’s working as a School Crossing Patrol Officer, said: “Road safety heroes always stop, look, listen and think. Be a road safety hero and stop for your lollipop person, please.”
Find out more about road safety in Medway