Double commendation for road safety initiatives

Merton Council has achieved a double commendation from the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award (PMIRSA) for improving road safety in the borough. The council will be presented with a certificate by International Award Board Member David Leibling at Hollymount Primary School, Cambridge road, SW20 OSQ on Thursday 20 November at 9am.

Merton has been recognised by the PMIRSA for two projects Where I Want To Be and Child Pedestrian Programme. Both programmes look at keeping children and adults safe on Merton roads. Where I Want To Be features road and travel safety training in DVD format for disabled and special needs adults, and the Child Pedestrian Programme is a practical kerbside training for 5 – 9 year olds. Child casualties in Merton have dropped by 95% in 2007. There were 15 child casualties in 2006 and one in 2007.

Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Traffic Management, Councillor William Brierly said: It is wonderful news that Merton is being recognised for its dedication to improving and making roads in the borough safer. We are making significant strides in this important area. These projects help to make both young people and those with a disability more aware of the roads and their surroundings. However, there is still more to be done and Merton remains committed to raising young people’s awareness of hazards on roads.”