27 August 2015

September is back to school month, which means that roads will be busy with children travelling to and from school. South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership is asking parents to make sure children are safe and asking drivers to look out for children on the roads.

The road safety message is particularly important for children making new journeys having moved from primary to secondary school. For those children starting secondary school, they can find themselves travelling on their own for the first time on unfamiliar roads, either by foot or on the bus. South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership is asking families to prepare their children for the return to school by discussing the road safety issues that could be faced by their children on the school journey.

Younger children often lack the skills to negotiate traffic safely. Remember that you are your child’s best teacher so set a good example by always finding the safest place to cross and stop, look, listen and think each time before you cross. Talk about road safety issues relevant to your child’s age group from holding hands with a grown up to how to cross between parked cars if there is nowhere else to cross. If your child is starting a new school, walk with them beforehand or for the first few days to make sure they know the route and can do it safely.

Joanne Wehrle, the interim Safer Roads Partnership Manager said, “It is important that motorists drive safely at any time of year but, after the six week break drivers have become used to the quieter roads. We now urge drivers to be extra vigilant, especially when driving outside school.

“We are also asking drivers not to obstruct or park in the zig zag areas outside schools, especially at school start and finish times. These provide a clear space directly outside school for children to see to cross the road and for drivers to see children. Always remember to stop for school crossing patrol wardens, they are working to make the roads safer for pedestrians. ”

The South Yorkshire Safer Road Partnership Team is available to provide advice, training, support and information on a variety of topics including safety for pedestrians, cyclists, powered two wheeled riders and drivers. If you would like further road safety advice, please visit us at www.lifewise999.co.uk/road-safety or email saferroads@southyorks.pnn.police.uk

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Note to Editors

The South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership is made up of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Councils, Highways England, SYPTE, the University of Sheffield, the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, public health bodies, South Yorkshire Police (including South Yorkshire Safety Cameras), Peak District National Park Authority and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

Its aim is to reduce the number of people injured in road traffic collisions and make South Yorkshire roads safer.

For all media enquiries or to request interviews please contact:

Alex Linton Safer Roads Education Manager
South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership
T: 01709 832369
E: alex.linton@syltp.org.uk