St Helens Borough schools, with help from St Helens Council’s Road Safety Team, are taking part in Road Safety Week (18-24 November) the UK’s biggest road safety event.
As part of the campaign – coordinated by Brake, the road safety charity, and sponsored by Specsavers and Kwik Fit – the council’s Road Safety Team welcomed 24 primary schools across the borough into St Helens Town Hall yesterday (20 November) to take part in the annual Junior Road Safety Officer’s welcome event.
The event was aimed at providing information to Year 5 and 6 pupils so that they can go back to their own schools and carry out assemblies, competitions, road side activities to promote road safety in and around their schools and communities.
Every 20 minutes, someone is killed or seriously injured on a British road. Each of these tragedies has a devastating effect on families and local communities.
This year’s Road Safety Week theme, ‘step up for safe streets’, is focussing on the safe systems approach – the design led solutions that can prevent these tragedies and make local roads safer. These can be anything from 20mph limits in urban areas and vehicle technology which prevents vehicles from speeding, to segregated cycle paths and graduated driver licensing.
Dave Nichols, community engagement manager for Brake, said: “We’re delighted St Helens Council’s Road Safety Team and schools are getting involved with Road Safety Week and stepping up for safe streets.
“Nobody should be killed or seriously injured on our roads and we already know the many solutions that can prevent these tragedies and allow us all to get around in safe and healthy ways.
“It’s vital everyone gets involved with learning about, shouting about and celebrating these solutions, whether through campaigning for safer roads, or choosing to use roads as safely as possible. Together we can make roads safer for everyone.”
Melanie Burrows, Road Safety Team Leader for St Helens Council, added: “This week would not be as successful without the dedication of our Junior Road Safety Officers and the support of staff from their schools. The Junior Road Safety Officers are always eager to promote road safety within their individual schools and local communities”.
Brake is urging everyone to ‘step up’ by leaving the car at home, to help improve safety and air quality, or by pledging to be a safe driver – always keeping within speed limits and never drinking or taking drugs and driving.
Everyone can get involved too by taking part in Brake’s national survey about the safety of the streets where you live. Brake will share the findings from the survey with local authorities to help them understand the views of the people who live, work and play on their streets.
This is available via www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/survey