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Eckington and Killamarsh officers give top marks to local youngsters for their road safety knowledge

Posted on 26th November 2015

School pupils in Unstone have enjoyed learning more about how to stay safe when they are out and about after a visit from local Safer Neighbourhood officers.

PCSO James Land from the Eckington Safer Neighbourhood Team and PCSO David Cattell from the Killamarsh beat visited Unstone Junior School on Wednesday, November 25 to meet local youngsters.

Officers hosted a road safety talk and spoke to pupils about ways to ensure they stay safe when they are out walking and crossing roads. They also covered aspects around transport safety such as being on a push bike or scooter, including tips on how to use the road and pavement with courtesy for other users and looking out for pedestrians and hazards. The talk covered other areas including how to be a good passenger in a vehicle and the dangers of distracting the driver.  

Youngsters then got the opportunity to enjoy a speed watch session outside their school on Main Road in Dronfield and used the speed gun to monitor traffic passing by.

Officers stopped some motorists who were found be exceeding the speeding limit, before offering words of advice. Young pupils then asked different questions including ‘what would you do if you hit one of us?’, ‘why were you speeding?’, ‘what would you do differently next time’ and ‘did you know you were travelling on a school road?’

PCSO Land said: “The children were really keen to learn more about road and vehicle safety. They were so enthusiastic and asked great questions including to us officers and to drivers who were found to be speeding outside their school.

“I sent a Tweet out via the Eckington Twitter account after the session to let local followers know about it and a resident got in touch to ask about how they can arrange a similar event at another local school. I think these sessions are a great opportunity to engage with young children and teach them some important lessons too. I would encourage anyone interested in finding out more about how Safer Neighbourhood officers can support schools, groups or clubs in their area, to get in touch by calling 101.”

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