THURROCK Council’s Road Safety Trainers have visited all 41 primary schools in the borough this school year to teach children and their parents how to be safe pedestrians.
Parents were invited to join their reception aged children on a roadside walk that addressed child development, crossing skills, driveways, pavements and seatbelts. Over 1500 parents took part in the walk with their children.
Nearly 2300 year 5 pupils took part in a supervised roadside walk that involved activities about safe route planning, environment awareness, making a traffic survey and raising pupils’ awareness of danger by having them imagine they are responsible for a younger child.
Portfolio Holder for Transport and Highways, Cllr Brian Little, has said: “The work that the road safety team do throughout the school year and beyond in educating Thurrock’s young people to stay safe on our roads and pavements is incredibly important.”
He added: “It is also very encouraging that so many parents took part in the training with their little ones. The best way to ensure that our children are safe on the roads and pavements is through education.”
“After observing a class of children practising crossing Lodge Lane I was extremely impressed with the organisation and delivery of the exercise.”
For more information on road safety in Thurrock, go to: thurrock.gov.uk/road-safety