On Friday afternoon I attended the awards ceremony held at Endeavour House to see the children receive their certificates. Proceedings were presided over by the new Cabinet Member for Highways, James Finch, and I must say he made a very good job of engaging the children, and the rest of us, in thinking about safety on the roads.
We all learned about a number of ways in which we can all improve road safety. In addition two of the schools present made excellent presentations about safe cycling to school. There was also a question and answer session where road safety officers and a representative from the police gave us the benefit of their knowledge and experience.
The Junior Road Safety Officer scheme, which is promoted by the County Council, is a great way to engage children with this important topic. The children concerned also learn other skills, not least how to promote a campaign to their fellow students. Please get in touch with me if you want to know how your local school can look into participating.
And yes, cycling on the pavement IS a criminal offence!
|Pupils from Bildeston School with their certificates.|