Primary school pupils from 21 schools across St Helens Borough have been rewarded for helping to make their schools a safer place after promoting road safety in their schools this year.
More than 80 Year 5 and 6 pupils from 14 schools attended a celebration event at St Helens Town Hall – organised and hosted by St Helens Council’s Road Safety Team – to celebrate their roles as Junior and Deputy Junior Road Safety Officers.
At the event pupils took part in workshops to showcase their work throughout the year – including their involvement in speed operation checks with Merseyside Police – and to come up with ideas for the next academic year to further improve road safety education.
Each pupil was then presented with a certificate and memento by St Helens Council’s highways network manager, Brian Malcolm and school staff received a framed certificate to display in their school.
“The Junior Road Safety Officers programme is a great way of getting school children thinking about road safety from a young age,” said Brian. “It was a pleasure to invite our fantastic Junior and Deputy Junior Road Safety Officers into the town hall to catch up and hear about how the past year has gone and those involved should be very proud of the outstanding work they have produced.”
In a Merseyside-wide approach, the Junior and Deputy Junior Road Safety Officers will focus on tackling motorists that park on pavements around schools, an offence which is a particular problem for vulnerable pedestrians such as young children and older people, as well as those using wheelchairs or prams.
Councillor Lynn Clarke, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: “Vehicles blocking pavements are making people walk into the road which is putting their lives at risk.
“We’re proud to support the Pavements are for People campaign, together with Merseyside Police and the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, and our Junior and Deputy Junior Road Safety Officers will help get this important message across by handing leaflets out around their school and talking to those caught committing this offence about the consequences of their actions.”