Keep your eyes on the road

Published on: Thursday, 26-March-2015

School children in Knowsley are being warned ‘Keep your eyes on the road, not your phone’.

That is the message being delivered by Knowsley Council’s Road Safety team to more than 600 Year 6 school children this week.

Pupils will take part in a number of sessions at a ‘Crucial Crew’ event, coordinated by Child Safety Media and sponsored by Merseyside Police.

The road safety session will focus on pedestrian safety and pupils will take part in interactive tasks, watch video clips and be encouraged to think about the potential consequences of them not giving the road their full attention.

Almost 2,000 children under the age of 16 were killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads in 2013 and out of all the pedestrians killed or seriously injured during school run times, almost a third were aged 11-12.

Cllr Dave Lonergan, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Economy and Skills said: “We know that when children are out they can be easily distracted by their mobile phones, music players and their friends. At this age, they will have more independence and new responsibilities and this often brings new distractions.

The sessions will highlight these distractions and remind children to always give the road their full attention. Our message is clear – distractions on the road can kill. Don’t expect a second chance.”

Other organisations taking part in the event are Merseyside Police, Knowsley Housing Trust, British Transport Police, Merseytravel, 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (Schools 4 Health Team). The event runs from 23 to 27 March at the Alamein Barracks on Liverpool Road.