Practicing Road Safety

Four Merton schools will continue practicing various safety techniques after a lesson from Merton Council’s Road Safety Team last month.

The visits to St Teresa’s, Stanford, Pelham and William Morris Schools were organized inconjunction with Road Safety Week and activities were held around the Country to help educate people about this year’s drink driving theme.

Younger schoolchildren were reminded of important safety rules including the need to hold hands while crossing the road as well as being shown how to use zebra and controlled crossings.

Children in years five and six were told they must always use seat belts and cycling helmets and were informed of the possible consequences of their own actions on the road such as behaviour near bus stops.

A poster competition at William Morris School produced many colourful and informative entries from what the children had understood about using crossings carefully. Year One student Tamara won a mini Debra the Zebra toy and other promotional road safety items for her efforts.

Councillor Linda Kirby, Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Quality said:

“Hopefully the skills learnt by the children in Road Safety Week will be used when they are on the road and constantly reinforced by parents.”

The New Year will see the launch of the Kerbskills Scheme, a practical ‘hands-on’ project focussing on ages 5 – 7. Merton schools including Bond, Lonesome, Hatfield and Poplar Primary Schools will be the first to sample the scheme when it starts in January.