Road safety work in schools
Reducing road accidents amongst young people is one of our main priorities. Education is key so, with the co-operation of schools, we deliver a comprehensive selection of courses across the borough as part of an ongoing road safety programme to reduce the number of young people killed or seriously injured on the borough's roads. Contact us if you require further information about any of our educational programmes.
Driven by consequences
Driven by consequences (D by C), is an award-winning thought provoking event, aimed at year 12 students (aged 16-18) that are learning to drive or have recently passed their test. The hard-hitting day focuses on the consequences of dangerous driving, graphically illustrated through workshops, highlighting the dangers of young drivers and motorcyclists making certain choices, including driving under the influence of drink and drugs.
Thousands of students have taken part in the initiative since it started in 2008. National statistics show that one in five young driver’s crash within one year of passing their test. Training and education are essential in helping young, inexperienced drivers understand the risks of driving inappropriately.
Pre - driver courses
Road accidents are the biggest cause of accidental death for 14 - 25 year olds. We run these for sixth formers and college students across the borough. Presentations, videos and written work form the basis of the course, which challenges attitudes to risk taking including speeding, drink driving, non-wearing of seatbelts, drug driving and more.
Motor and scooter riders
Motor and scooter rider safety training is offered primarily to year 11 students in all senior schools in the borough. Unfortunately moped and scooter riders feature highly in road accident statistics. Our road safety officers are tackling this with a course of sessions in secondary schools, aimed at reducing these figures.
Our statistics show that children aged 10 -14 have an increased risk of becoming a pedestrian casualty. The move from junior to senior school often involves a longer or more varied journey and very frequently this is undertaken independently for the first time. We aim to visit every borough senior school and provide a timely reminder about the dangers they may face whilst using the roads and most importantly how they can avoid becoming a casualty. We cover:
- the basics of the Green Cross Code
- distractions such as mobile phones and Ipods and peer pressure - highlighted using true stories and movies
- wearing seatbelts and cycle helmets
- being visible on darker evenings.
These talks are a valuable reminder to children when they are at their most vulnerable!
The last year of primary school, is an important time as children are moving on to secondary school. As they do, they are usually given more freedom and may travel to school alone, rather than being supervised, but they are still vulnerable, particularly as pedestrians: a fact which shows in casualty data. We offer lessons to all Year 6 children in the borough. The lessons feature a powerful interactive presentation and video footage to illustrate the possible consequences of poor choices and include discussion to encourage the children in making safer decisions. The topics covered include:
- The distractions of mobile phones, music and friends
- Seatbelt wearing
- Safe cycling
- Safety issues involved with bus travel
Children aged seven can receive a visit from a Road Safety Officer. Lessons include information about crossing roads safely with an adult, travelling by car and safe places to play. The lesson involves role play activities.
Pre school children
A visit from Tufty, the road safety squirrel, a favourite with the children. He encourages them to hold hands near to the road, to wear seat belts and sit in their car seats and to play safely away from the road.