Winner of school road safety competition
A road safety poster competition for schoolchildren in Weymouth and Portland has been won by 10-year-old Charlie.
The competition was launched in December 2014 for all Year 6 pupils in the two areas and a total of 16 schools took part.
Pupils were given the briefing that their poster had to focus on staying safe when out on their bicycle, scooter or walking.
The designed posters were first judged by the individual school with the winner of each Year 6 group receiving a set of bike lights. Runners-up received a goody bag.
The top entries were then sent to Dorset Police to be judged by Chief Inspector Debbie Marsden, head of road policing.
Charlie’s Be Safe, Be Alive, Outside entry was chosen for its clear message highlighting the different modes of transport used by children.
Her entry encourages children to: ‘keep your eyes and ears open’, ‘if there are paths of any kind use them’, ‘use crossings to cross roads, only cross when the cars have stopped’, ‘give warnings so you don’t crash’ and ‘use your brain so you can keep it’.
Charlie, of St Nicholas and St Laurence Primary School in Weymouth, was presented with her prize – a GT Bump bike – and her poster will be used by Dorset Police to advertise keeping safe on our roads.
Chief Inspector Debbie Marsden said: “I particularly liked Charlie’s entry because it sends out very clear messages and highlights all the different ways young people use the road.
"As Charlie points out – we all need to use our brain while using the road.”
Dorset Police’s road policing unit is dedicated towards reducing casualties on the county’s roads and raising awareness of the importance of road safety.
Last year the Force announced that a new ‘no excuse’ team of officers will be working 24 hours a day seven days a week towards tackling the five biggest killers on our roads – known as the ‘fatal five’. They use a combination of enforcement and education to tackle the new ‘fatal five’: drink and drug driving, excessive and inappropriate speed, not wearing a seatbelt, driver distractions such as using a hand-held mobile phone and careless driving.
Issued: 4 February 2015