Rhondda Cynon Taf Celebrate Road Safety Week 2016
It was a busy week for Rhondda Cynon Taf's Road Safety Team with a string of events and activities taking place across the borough to promote Road Safety Week.
The team worked in partnership with Dan Brain from Halfords to carry out child car seat checks at Asda in Aberdare and to give help and advice on ways to stay safe. They also had the help of the Junior Road Safety Officers from Cwmdar Primary School in Aberdare as well as another special visit 'Zarla the Zebra' the road safety mascot. Several parents took up the opportunity to have their child's car seat checked to ensure they were as safe as possible whilst travelling in the vehicle.
The Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs) in RCT were very busy carrying out their own tasks for Road Safety Week. JRSO's at YGG Llyn-Y-Forwyn, Our Ladys RC, Tylorstown and Penygraig Junior School presented 'Be Bright Be Seen' assemblies as well as acting out a short play on the importance of wearing bright clothing near the road particularly when its dark. Treorchy Primary JRSO's also designed their own PowerPoint on road safety and presented it to the whole school. JRSO's at Llwynypia Primary carried out a parking operation along with RCT Road Safety Officers and the Civil Enforcement Officers to prevent parents from parking on the yellow zig-zag lines.
Kerbcraft was delivered to more than a hundred Year 2 pupils throughout the week at Cwmclydach, Hafod, Darrenlas and Parc Lewis Primary Schools and the pupils were learning ways to stay safe when near the road by receiving practical roadside training.
Road Safety Education was delivered to pupils at Pontyclun, Gwauncelyn and Glenboi Primary Schools which saw more than 400 pupils learn life saving skills which they can continue to use throughout their life.
Pass Plus Cymru was delivered by Road Safety Officers working in Partnership with South Wales Fire and Rescue Service which saw 15 candidates attend with the aim of gaining more knowledge and experience of safer driving. This course is funded by the Welsh Government and aims to reduce the number of people aged 17-24 years old killed or seriously injured on Welsh roads.
To end the annual campaign, the authority held a 'Mature Drivers' course in partnership with South Wales Police and Collect My Wheels for drivers over 65 years old to regain confidence when on the road and to keep their driving knowledge up to date.