Police visit school for road safety awareness day
Children from a Bournemouth school were taught the importance of being seen in the dark during a visit by Dorset Police officers.
The road safety day at Malmesbury Park Primary School was organised by officers from Charminster and Queens Park Safer Neighbourhood Team.
Police Constable Jo Murphy and Police Community Support Officer Rich Frew visited the school on Monday 27 January 2014 and gave a presentation on road safety and awareness.
All students at the school were also issued with a flashing reflective light to wear while travelling to and from school.
Funding for the lights was provided by Malmesbury Park School and Bournemouth Borough Councillor Cheryl Johnson, who donated the money from the Local Improvement Fund.
Police Constable Jo Murphy said: “All the children were presented with a small battery-operated flashing light which they can clip onto their bikes, school bags, coats or scooters to help them be seen by other road users during the winter months as they make their way to and from school.
“I would like to remind all parents to make sure their children are wearing suitable reflective clothing during the darker nights and have lights fitted on their bikes or scooters to ensure they can be seen and stay safe.”
Councillor Cheryl Johnson, ward councillor for Queens Park, said: “Road safety is so important. The statistics show such high numbers of children injured on roads in England – over 85,000 each year –and this number simply must be reduced. I hope the children will enjoy wearing their lights and hope they will benefit from the teaching sessions given by the police.”
Jackie Green, head teacher of Malmesbury Park Primary School, said: “The visit from the officers was excellent. The children now have a good understanding of the need to keep themselves safe, especially when travelling to and from school. They were very excited to receive the light and are using them. We would like to thank Councillor Johnson for all her support in making this happen.”
Issued: 31 January 2014