Road safety scheme success

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A road safety event involving around 2,000 year five pupils from across the borough has been hailed as a success.

Youngsters acted out life-saving scenarios, as a way of highlighting awareness of personal safety, crime prevention and social responsibility.

Held at Langtree Park stadium, the two-week, Crucial Crew scheme, delivered just in time for the October half-term holiday, is designed to teach children in a fun and interactive way to:

· Become more aware of personal safety.

· Make a contribution to crime prevention.

· Avoid being a victim of crime.

· Know what to do in an emergency.

· Foster good citizenship.

· Actively contribute to their own health.

The council’s Road Safety team were on hand to deliver information about being safe on roads; the Environmental Health team talked about hazards at home and how to be safe while using the internet, whilst the rangers discussed safety in parks.

Messages around firework safety were presented by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, who demonstrated what to do in the event of clothing catching fire, a particularly useful piece of advice with bonfire night looming.

Meanwhile, the British Transport Police discussed the dangers of playing on or near to railway tracks, and Merseyside Police explained to the pupils how to make a 999 call - and introduced them to the 101 number as a way of reporting a crime and other concerns that do not require an emergency response.

Coun Seve Gomez-Aspron, cabinet member for Green, Smart and Sustainable Borough, said: “The Crucial Crew event is always a great way for young people to learn about safety on so many different levels – especially with school holidays and events like bonfire night just around the corner.

“I’d like to thank all the staff involved in delivering this successful scheme and the children themselves for being so attentive and getting involved in the sessions.”