Secondary schools, colleges and universities take part in RSW!
Southmoor Community School
As well as holding one of the official Road Safety Week launches, Southmoor Community School in Sunderland took part in a range of activities during the week.
11-12 year old pupils at the school wore hi-viz vests to school every day during the week, to raise awareness with other pupils and drivers of making sure children are seen, particularly as the afternoons are getting darker. Pupils aged 12 – 16 years all watched the hard-hitting Ghost Street video by Newcastle City Council, all about staying safe when walking or cycling on roads.
Pupils also designed their own road safety posters, learnt about how to write a letter to their MP about road safety issues in their values classes, and protested all week at the school fence for drivers going past the school to slow down. They made banners which were attached to the fence, and placards which they waved at drivers during school drop off and pick up times.
Drugsline in Ilford, Essex
As part of Road Safety Week, Drugsline launched a drug driving workshop aimed at sixth formers aged 16-17. Drugsline outreach worker Tina Hine told us “We decided to create a drug driving workshop as there have, for many years, been campaigns about drink driving, but never really much about drug driving. Our workshop focuses on exactly how drugs can affect driving as well as what the consequences can be if you get caught by the police. A lot of people don’t realise the impact of having anything drug related on their record.”
Leeds Met University students’ reactions tested
Local road safety officers and bereaved father and Brake volunteer Tony Davison went to Leeds Met University’s SU Bar and talked with students about road safety issues, giving them the opportunity to use a ‘reaction tester’. The tester is a computer programme that records response times of volunteers when they see red lights flash, to calculate the breaking distance of a vehicle travelling at 30mph. The road safety officers also filled the bar with 63 helium balloons to represent the number of people killed on Britain’s roads every week. Road safety officer Becky Prosser said: “The event drummed up a lot of interest from students, most of whom were shocked at the distance it would take a car to stop in an emergency.”
Many more schools, colleges and universities get involved...
Sixth-formers watch presentations
At Emrys ap Iwan High School in Wales, teachers delivered awareness-raising presentations to the whole sixth form on staying safe as drivers and passengers, using information from Brake.
High school displays banner
Campian Catholic High School in Nottingham used a giant Road Safety Week banner outside the building to deliver a life-saving message.
College debates road safety
Staff and students at Bradford College watched a hard-hitting presentation from Bradford Fire Service on the effects of bad driving, and then took part in road safety debates and quizzes.
Cirencester College, Gloucestershire targeted all their second year students, with the help of the Gloucestershire Police, Fire and Rescue Service, County Council and Road Safety Camera Partnership who delivered powerful road safety presentations.
Brake volunteers work in schools and colleges
Brake volunteers trained through our Road Safety Academy often give presentations in secondary schools and colleges in RSW. For example, a two hour session at Rhodesway School in Allerton, Bradford was delivered by solicitors from Irwin Mitchell, and attended by Terry Bostock, senior school trainer in road safety for Bradford Council. Safina Kauser, 17, who attended the workshop and has just started learning to drive, said: “Seeing how people’s lives have been changed is very sad and it has really affected me. I will be a better driver for this.”