South Yorkshire youngsters rewarded for road safety drive

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Young road safety ambassadors have been rewarded for their efforts to encourage pedestrians to stay alert and motorists to drive carefully.

Pupils from six primary schools received accolades from the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership for being successful junior road safety officers.

The JRSO scheme encourages pupils, nominated by teachers and peers, to use creative ways to promote road safety in their school. The JRSOs organised school assemblies, displayed posters and arranged road safety competitions. Through the scheme, children are encouraged to become a point of contact for the promotion of road safety. Pupils from Worsbrough Common Primary School and Tankersley St Peter’s Primary School in Barnsley, Shaw Wood Academy in Doncaster, Rotherham’s Laughton Junior and Infant School and Laughton All Saints Church of England Primary School and Whiteways Primary School in Sheffield, all picked up awards.

Joanne Wehrle, education manager at the partnership, said: “The JRSO scheme aims to give the children a good grounding in road safety education as they prepare to become more independent travellers.”