Council spend £20,000 on teaching schoolchildren road safety

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A £20,000 project to teach primary school children how to cross the road safely will be launched before Christmas.

The council will use money from its parking revenue to educate youngsters, following a rise in the number of deaths on city roads.

A total of 12 people died on city roads during 2014, in a year that saw a 37 per cent increase in Thames Valley traffic deaths.

Cllr Matt Clifton, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Road Safety said, “I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to teach children road safety and in particular how and where to use the safe crossing points”

“In Milton Keynes we have a number of high speed grid roads so using the footbridges, Redways and underpasses are the safest and best routes for pedestrians and cyclists to use.

“By teaching children early on about road safety they will be able to learn good behaviour which they can take with them as they get older and will increasingly be out and about alone or with friends.”

In 2013, there were 57 deaths in Thames Valley in comparison to 78 last year following a rise in the numbers of pedestrians, cyclists, car drivers, car passengers and heavy goods vehicles drivers killed on the road.

The upcoming education programme will teach children about the dangers of crossing the grid roads instead of using the Redways, footbridges and underpasses and will begin at the end of this year and will continue into 2016.

Jan Alder, Director at the Safety Centre said, “The Safety Centre is delighted to participate in this campaign. “Find a Safe Place to Cross” has always been one of our priority messages.

“This funding will not only allow us to enhance this message, but also to offer assistance to Milton Keynes Primary School children (Years 5 and 6 only) to visit Hazard Alley and receive this vital intervention.”

Councillor Alexander Walker, shadow cabinet member for transport and highways said: “It is vital we let young people know the risks and prevent incidents through education.

“The high speed grid roads we have in MK make us unique compared to other places and I would hate to see a blanket reduction on speed limits or something similar, so I am pleased to see the council investing in road safety education.”

Schools should go to www.safetycentre.co.uk for full details.”