Road Safety Week

Road Safety Week

The Theme this year for Road Safety Week set by the Road Safety Charity Brake is ‘Making the Brake Pledge’. Brake has identified 6 pledges which they feel can help make our roads a safer place for everyone.

The pledges are:

Slow – Drivers to reduce their speeds particularly around built up areas such as shops, schools and houses. Speed is a major factor in all road crashes; the faster a vehicle is travelling the longer it takes it to stop and the more damage and devastation it can cause. Others can help drivers to be more aware of their speed and understand why it is so important.

Sober – Drivers to not drink any alcohol before driving a vehicle. 13% of all deaths on the roads in Great Britain involve a driver who is above the drink drive limit. For every four deaths where a driver is over the limit, there is one more death where a driver has consumed alcohol but been within the current legal limit. Others can help by reminding drivers of the dangers of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol and can make a choice to not get in the car with a driver who has been drinking.

Secure – Drivers to ensure themselves and any passengers are appropriately secured in a vehicle at the start of and throughout a journey, taking into consideration the type of seat belt worn and an appropriate car seat for the size of a child. By wearing a three-point seatbelt you are 50% less likely to be killed in the event of a crash. Other can help by taking responsibility and ensuring they are wearing a seat belt at all times.

Silent – Drivers to give their full attention to the road and not use their mobile phones or other devices whilst driving a vehicle. Drivers are four times more likely to be involved in a crash when they are talking on their mobile phone regardless of whether it is on a hand held device or hands free system. Drivers who are texting are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash than a driver who is paying full attention. Others can help by ending a call if they know someone is driving. Passengers can help by not distracting a driver and allowing them to concentrate on the road.

Sharp – Drivers to ensure they have regular eye tests and to not drive while tired as well as taking regular breaks on long journeys. 25% of drivers have not had an eye test within last 2 years; poor driver vision causes an annual estimated 2900 casualties. Others can help by looking out for signs that a driver may be tired and can remind them to take regular breaks.

Sustainable – Drivers to consider the environment and whether the journey by car is essential. Could you walk, cycle or get a bus or train instead? Fewer vehicles driving on the roads means less harmful pollution in the environment; walking or cycling produces zero pollution and also has other added health benefits. Others can encourage drivers to walk, cycle or use public transport instead of taking the car.

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Whilst we agree that these areas will help to make our roads a much safer place we feel many of our children, especially our younger children will have little or no control over them, therefore we are also asking our parents and carers to join us and make the Brake Pledge. Will you make the Brake Pledge?

This week our children have discussed the 6 pledges at an age appropriate level, they have discussed what they can do if they see someone not following the pledges and what choices they can make as an individual to help keep themselves safe in that situation.

The children were asked to plan a journey to or from school and a set destination and think about what things they might come across along the way and the steps they can take to keep themselves safe. They were asked to consider the different modes of transport and how this could alter what they do to remain safe, taking into consideration clothing, crossings, noises, visibility, safety equipment and the law.

Nursery and Reception have been drawing their journeys and taking part in role play.

The children were also asked based on everything they have discussed and learnt this week surrounding road safety to make their own Brake Pledge; something they will do to help keep themselves safe and others on the road safe.

Here are some of the pledges made by our Year 3 and 4 children.

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