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Children in Great Longstone clue up on road safety with help from local officer

Posted on 29th April 2015


Pupils at Longstone C of E School have been learning all about road safety and policing after a visit from their local officer.

PCSO Ian Phipps from the Tideswell Safer Neighbourhood Team met with youngsters on Thursday, April 23 to chat the group about staying safe when they are out and about.

He spoke about the importance of wearing a seatbelt and how to safely cross the road. The children also had the chance to look at the equipment used to check traffic speeds.

PCSO Phipps said: "All the children seemed to have an enjoyable time whilst listening to advice on how to stay safe when they are crossing the road or as passengers in a car.

"It was great for me to meet the youngsters and build up a link with them. I hope they will stop and say hello if they see me whilst on patrol. Most importantly I hope they will put into practice the skills they learned and stay safe when they are out enjoying themselves."

Headteacher at the school, Gemma Harvey, added: "The experience was really valuable. Whilst children are given an increasing number of opportunities in modern times, it is still important that they know how to do basics things such as safely crossing a road - and what could be more important? Even in a quiet village the children need to know how to find a safe place and make sure they can be seen by drivers, whether in a car or tractor.

"The children also delighted in discovering the mysteries of the police car. They were still talking about the sirens the day after!

"All in all it was an extremely valuable day delivered in a clear and understandable way."

PCSO Phipps has got plans to visit other local schools in the coming weeks, including in Baslow, Hartington and Pilsley. 

National Road Safety Week, which has been set up by the charity Brake, is set to take place later this year.

To contact your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101. You can also keep up to date on Twitter: @TideswellSNT.

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