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PCSOs and pupils take to the streets of Ripley as part of Brake's Giant Walk

Posted on 10th June 2015

Pupils in Ripley have been teaming up with their local Safer Neighbourhood team to shout loud and proud about road safety as part of a national initiative.

Over 100,000 children across the UK will be taking part in Brake's Giant Walk today (Wednesday, June 10) to highlight the importance of road safety and children leading active, healthy lifestyles.

Ripley Junior School kick started the campaign on Friday, June 5 which saw around 270 pupils, parents and teachers taking to the streets of Ripley alongside PCSO Sarah Dufton and PCSO Alison Dare.

The children dressed in brightly coloured clothes and walked around Ripley to highlight the need for safe walking routes to and from school, along with boosting their knowledge on road safety.

They also raised awareness of Brake's G20 campaign by encouraging motorists to slow down to 20mph when driving near to schools and town centre's to help make it safer for parents and children.

PCSO Sarah Dufton from the town's Safer Neighbourhood team said: "It was a really fantastic day to see all of the children taking to the streets and getting motorists to slow down in their community by shouting loud about Go20.

"The day was also a great opportunity for the children to learn more about staying safe when walking close to busy roads, crossing safely, and about making themselves be seen."

Sue Stack, Head Teacher of Ripley Junior School, said: "We're delighted to have taken part in Brake's Giant Walk. It was a fantastic opportunity for kids to learn more about being safe themselves and to make their voices heard promoting road safety to children, parents and local drivers.

"Our pupils marched and shouted out loud about the importance of drivers slowing down in our community, so families can enjoy a healthy, fun, active lifestyle without being endangered. Our pupils were also dressed in all the colours of the rainbow to stress the message about being seen and being safe."

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