Making South Yorkshire Safer

Safer Roads Partnership encourages pedestrians to be bright, be seen as the clocks change this weekend

Oct 26 2011

As the clocks change this weekend, the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership is encouraging pedestrians to be bright, be seen.

The message from the partnership comes at the same time as the Department for Transport is running a national awareness raising campaign.

The national Department for Transport campaign that is running on television and in cinemas is aimed at children aged six – 11 and spells out the dangers of not taking care on the roads. Television adverts will highlight the importance of finding a safe place to cross the road while the cinema campaign will remind children of the importance of making sure they can be seen when they are out after dark.

Ken Wheat, Manager for the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership said: “If you’re a motorist then you’ll know how difficult it can be to see pedestrians wearing dark clothes at night or when visibility is poor. With the clocks changing this weekend I would encourage all parents to remind their children about the Green Cross Code and ensure that they are wearing bright or reflective clothing. We would also ask drivers and riders to remain vigilant and check the condition of their vehicles as winter draws near.&rdquo

The government provides a wide range of online resources for teachers and parents who want to teach primary children about road safety. Short films, games, worksheets and free leaflets for children up to 11 years old are available at: http://www.dft.gov.uk/think/education/early-years-and-primary/

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