Published: Monday, 14th November 2022

Hundreds of children will be taught essential skills to help keep them safe on Medway’s roads this Road Safety Week.

Road Safety Week, which runs between Monday, 14 and Sunday, 20 November is organised by the national road safety charity, Brake. The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘safe roads for all’, which aims to bring communities and professionals together and raise awareness of everyone’s right to make safe journeys on safe roads.

Our Road Safety Education Team works with safety community partners and Medway schools, all year round to deliver vital road safety lessons, campaigns and training to all ages.

During Road Safety Week, Medway’s Road Safety Education Officers will be teaming up with Kent Fire and Rescue Service to deliver key information about the Highway Code and the serious impact distractions can have and how to avoid these. The latest apprentices at BAE Systems in Rochester will be among those taking part, hosting a session at their site on Marconi Way.

Road safety is a lifelong skill, meaning it’s never too early to learn, the team will also be visiting reception classes to teach pupils to stop, look, listen and think when crossing the road.

We also continue to identify priority locations to install road safety measures which could include improved signs and road markings or traffic calming measures. Recently, the team installed a zebra crossing in Hempstead Road, Hempstead, near the school and community hub.

Follow the rules of the road

Michael Edwards, Medway Council’s Head of Transport and Parking, said: “We all have a responsibility to follow the rules of the road to make them safer for everyone, including pedestrians and cyclists as well as motorists. We visit schools across Medway all year round to teach pupils about how to stay safe on Medway’s roads and we will continue to do so during Road Safety Week. One of the most important pieces of advice, especially in winter, is for pedestrians and cyclists to wear something reflective when they’re travelling.”

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