ROAD safety was the topic for discussion when PSNI officers addressed post primary school children in Dungannon recently.
Schools liaison officer, Const. Sue Wright organised a new initiative to educate post primary Year 8 pupils in Dungannon and South Tyrone area about roads safety.
Pupils were given an hour-long talk to raise awareness of roads safety issues.
Con Trevor Kirke, Roads Policing Education Officer and Translink education officers Susan O`Neill and Kevin Wallace delivered safety seminars to all pupils highlighting personal responsibility on our roads.
Constable Wright explained: “We all share a common space whether pedestrians, passenger or cyclist and statistics prove this group to be vulnerable. For some it will be the first time they have travelled to school independently and with the clocks about to change we are hoping to equip our young people with the tools to enable them to travel safely, respecting other road users.”
Having worked in special needs education previously Con Wright states: “The majority of police officers will have dealt with the sobering aftermath of collisions, I have worked with young people who have ended up with physical disability and brain injury as a result of incidents on our roads, it is devastating for the whole family and life changing, if through this initiative we can stop this happening to even one family it will be well worth it.”
Dungannon and South Tyrone PCSP kindly donated funds to buy fluorescent resources for each pupil who took part.
Over the week (Mon 30th Sept - Fri 4th Oct) over 780 pupils were spoken to. Topics covered included ‘be bright be seen’, the use of headphones/mobile phones when out and about, cycle helmets, courtesy whilst on public transport, waiting for and getting off buses.