BRIDGWATER AREA NEWS: Driving home road safety message to children
SCHOOLCHILDREN from the Bridgwater area have been learning about life as lorry drivers as part of a campaign to keep them safe on local roads.
Primary and secondary school youngsters were able to get behind the wheel of a truck when construction materials firm Hanson and DHL Logistics took lorries into schools as part of an initiative led, among others, by Chris Jones, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s community safety officer.
The campaign is also supported by the police and the Somerset Road Safety Partnership.
With the support of the lorry drivers, Chris and his colleagues from the Hinkley Point C police team and Somerset Road Safety Partnership were able to demonstrate at first-hand how difficult it could be for lorry drivers to spot both children and adults.
“It’s much more effective to be able to walk the children around the lorry and show them the blind spots as well as talk about it in a classroom,” said Chris, whose role is to support community safety as part of the EDF Energy Hinkley Point C project.
“They could also sit in the cab and see for themselves exactly where their classmates could and couldn’t be seen by the driver.”
Hanson is a contract partner on the Hinkley Point C project and its aggregate and concrete are helping to build Britain’s first new nuclear power station in a generation.
Hanson’s Hinkley project lead Stewart Cameron said: “Safety is our number one priority, both on and off site, and we were delighted to help with this important initiative.”
Among the schools visited as part of the initiative were: Wembdon St George’s Primary School, Chilton Trinity School in Bridgwater, North Petherton Primary School, Cannington Primary School, Stogursey Primary School, St Mary’s Primary School, St Joseph’s Primary School, Otterhampton Primary School, Woolavington Primary School and Westover Green School in Bridgwater.
In total, over 2,000 pupils will have received the safety message before the school summer holidays begin.
Other schools in the area will be visited after children return to their classrooms in September, with at least 2,000 more pupils taking part in the sessions.