Road Safety Lesson For Ruthin Pupils
Safety conscious pupils at Rhos Street School in Ruthin have been learning about speed reduction by getting to grips with some of the technology used to enforce speed limits.
Pupils from the school have been chosen as designated Road Safety Officers, as part of the national Kerbcraft initiative, a child pestestrian safety project targeting five to seven year olds in schools. In Kerbcraft the children are taken out of school by Co-ordinator Rebecca Musgrave and trained volunteer parents, in groups of no more than three, to learn three main skills: choosing safe places and routes to cross the road; crossing safely at parked cars and crossing safely near junctions.
In their latest road safety lesson, they were introduced to PCSO David Jones from North Wales Police who talked about the dangers of speed and demonstrated some of the technology used on the roadside to monitor the speed of vehicles. They were taken to a location near the Glasdir Estate, Ruthin, where they were able to have a go at using the equipment and recording the speeds.
Councillor Brian Jones, Cabinet Lead Member for Highways, Planning and Sustainable Travel, said, “It’s really important to start teaching our children at a very early age about road safety issues and the Kerbcraft initiative is very much a hands-on educational approach, teaching pupils about the need to stay safe as pedestrians. The children are also good ambassadors for road safety in general and they send home a message that motorists should not exceed the speed limit, for their benefit and for other road users."
Sergeant Fiona Armstrong-Brown said, “The initiative is a positive move towards increasing road safety awareness and the dangers of speed with the school pupils and their families. It is hoped that Kerbcraft and North Wales Police will continue to work together and encompass a wider audience in the future.”