Road Safety Week 2017

20th November 2017

This week in school we are again taking part in UK Road Safety Week, coordinated by Brake, the road safety charity. The children will be learning about road safety and the importance of drivers keeping their Speed Down to Save Lives. In the UK speeding is still a major problem. It causes needless crashes, untold suffering and stops people living safe and healthy lives. Simply put, it is a driver’s speed that will determine whether they can stop in time and, if they can’t stop, how hard they will hit. Research has shown that children under the age of 15 can’t judge the speed of approaching vehicles travelling at over 20mph. They may think it’s safe to cross when it’s not.

 

At school: We will discuss road safety with the children, in assembly time and in class. We will talk about using roads safely by following the Green Cross Code; about the dangers of fast traffic; and about how walking and cycling is good for our health and the environment.

At home: Please help us make local roads safer by reinforcing the same clear messages at home. In particular, we ask you to:

  •          cross roads safely with your child and teach them the Green Cross Code.
  •          make sure your children hold an adult’s hand around roads until they are at least eight.
  •          help your child learn about safe walking/cycling routes in the area, especially any traffic-free paths or quiet roads with slow traffic and good pavements.
  •          if you drive, protect children (and adults) by slowing down and going 20mph or below around homes, schools and shops.