Twilight trails create safety first for primary pupils

ROAD safety officers from Thurrock Council are working with the borough’s primary schools to make sure young children — and their parents know the importance of being seen.

Twilight Trails is a scheme that aims to teach the importance of wearing fluorescent and reflective clothing at night in a fun and interactive way.

Following a successful pilot last year the scheme is being developed at 12 of the borough’s schools this year.

Year 3 pupils and their parents on the Trail wear reflective tabards to make them visible. They search for lots of hidden reflective items which are hidden in hedges, trees and the undergrowth.

The students had to count how many reflective items they could find using their torches.

Members of the team also explain how the torches cause the reflective material to shine in the same way a reflector would shine when caught in a vehicle’s headlight – helping drivers to see them on the road.

All the children who take receive a fluorescent road safety bag containing reflective stickers and key rings to help them reflect in the driver’s headlamps.

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