Youngsters learn road safety tips

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Pupils at a Newton-le-Willows primary school have taken part in a road safety event.

The children were able to sit inside the truck’s cabin alongside Driver Trainer, Kevin Lawrenson and Driver Development Manager, Tom McCann, to witness how far away from the vehicle they would need to be to be out of its blind spots – with ‘Dan the dummy’ also present to show the children what would happen if they got too close to the truck’s wheels.

Later on in the day, The BikeRight team also joined DHL UK as they had been involved in delivering cycle training to 33 of the Year 5 children.

Bikeability cycle training encompasses road safety when cycling on the road in and around the local area.

The children followed their session with a specific talk about blind spots and how cycles can be at risk around trucks if getting too close.

Councillor Richard McCauley, cabinet member for Transport, Housing and Community Safety, said: “Programmes like this are priceless when it comes to the safety of a child.

“I’d like to thank Kevin and Tom for taking the time out to come down and explain to the children the importance of safety around large vehicles now they are getting older and a little more independent – and special praise deserves to go to the children for being so attentive and really getting involved in the session.”

From 23-29 November, Newton-le-Willows Primary will be taking part in the Brake Road Safety Week, with various road safety related activities planned.

This month, the Road Safety Team will also be delivering road safety awareness sessions as part of the Crucial Crew personal safety event - held at Langtree Park - for all Year 5 children in the borough.