Falkirk area pupils have designs on road safety

Grangemouth schools have been helping raise awareness of the Brake road safety campaign
Grangemouth schools have been helping raise awareness of the Brake road safety campaign

Primary school pupils in the Falkirk area are being asked to help drive home a national road safety message to mum, dad and other motorists.

Local schools are invited to enter designs for road safety banners for national road safety charity Brake’s Drive Less – Live More campaign. The competition is linked to the charity’s Road Safety Week which runs from November 23 to 29.

This year’s theme hopes to get the message across to as many people as possible that the safest mile is the mile not driven.

Joe Burns, Brake corporate fundraiser, said: “We always look forward to seeing the fabulous banner designs created by school pupils in the Falkirk area and up and down the country.

“This competition is a powerful way to engage with young children on important road safety issues and drive home the campaign theme. We encourage schools to take part and use the opportunity to plan lessons and activities surrounding Road Safety Week.”

Children aged four to 11 are asked to design a banner that will encourage people to consider alternatives to motorised transport and understand the benefits driving less can bring to road safety, health, personal finances, communities and the planet.

Mr Burns said: “Five people die every day on UK roads and around 60 are seriously injured – figures that fell dramatically in recent decades, but then increased by four per cent in the last 12 months.”

Winners of the competition will be presented with a large-scale printed banner featuring their design for display outside their school and their school will also receive a high-visibility drawstring bag for every pupil.

Visit www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk for more details on the Brake competition.