Children from a Guildford school will be taking home road safety messages to share with their families and friends after joining forces with the Brain Injury Group and Hudgell Solicitors to talk about danger on the roads and how they can stay safe.
As part of the UK’s biggest road safety event, Road Safety Week (21-27 November), coordinated by national road safety charity Brake, children from the infant and junior sections of Holy Trinity Pewley Down School created vibrant posters with messages around Road Safety to spread awareness about six simple changes which can help people to protect themselves, those around them and to reduce vehicle emissions and pollution.
The six Brake Pledge points to remember throughout the week were: Slow, Sober, Secure, Silent, Sharp and Sustainable.
Pupils were then awarded prizes for the best in each class at a special assembly on Friday and each child who took part also received a badge.
Amanda Stevens, Group Head of Legal Practice at Hudgell Solicitors, who selected the winning posters said that she thoroughly enjoyed judging the posters and that the children had put a lot of effort and thought into their work.
I have acted for families in the Guildford area who have been caught up in road accidents in the area and so I am passionate to spread these key road safety messages to prevent further accidents and keep our children safe.
Guildford is very congested and you often see children trying to cross busy roads. The traffic doesn’t have to be fast moving to cause significant harm in an accident.
It was extremely rewarding to see the enthusiasm demonstrated by the children and the individuality shown in their posters. The school has built a wonderful project around the campaign and both teachers and children have really taken the messages to heart.
The enthusiasm at the special presentation day was palpable and there were so many bright and exuberant colours in their artwork. My message to the children was that they not just consider the messages during Road Safety Week but every day and share the messages with their families and friends.
For the 2016 campaign the Brain Injury Group has been working with nine member firms, 16 schools and one cub pack – around 5,000 children in all, and their families.
Every day, five people are killed and more than 60 people are seriously injured on UK roads.
Road Safety Week is the UK’s flagship event to promote safer road use, coordinated annually by the charity Brake and involving thousands of schools, communities and organisations across the country.
In 2013, 5,223 people were reported injured in collisions on the roads in Surrey overall with nearly 600 killed or seriously injured, 45 of which were under the age of 16.
Half of traumatic brain injuries are the result of road traffic accidents,” said Sally Dunscombe, director of the Brain Injury Group.
That’s why the Brain Injury Group network has supported Road Safety Week for several years. We deal with people affected by brain injury daily, and the campaign provides some context for the great work our members do in supporting those people.
We know how important it is for all road users to show more consideration and change their behaviour just a little to reduce the number of accidents and casualties.