You may have seen in the news lately that Staffordshire has some of the safest roads in the entire country, with the number of people killed or seriously injured on Staffordshire’s roads continuing to fall.
With winter bringing dark mornings and evenings, and slippery conditions underfoot, pedestrians still need to be careful , especially children and young people travelling to and from school who are particularly vulnerable.
Here are the top three causes for accidents involving young people on our roads. And a reminder to all to ditch the distractions.
While it’s always tempting to respond to your latest message straight away, losing concentration when crossing roads or even walking across driveways can have serious consequences.
Listening to music on the way to school can be fun, but being able to hear traffic is just as important as seeing it.
It is always important for children to have a laugh with their friends. It should be what life is about at their age, but they shouldn’t get carried away. Messing about on the roads with friends is no joke when someone gets injured or killed.
The Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership has been working hard to educate young people and to stay safe when crossing the roads. Over 1,000 children have now played an online game which drives home the dangers of crossing a road while distracted. As a bonus, pupils playing the game can enter a prize draw to win family tickets to Alton Towers for their 2015 season.
If you know any 11 to 15 year olds at school in the county who might benefit from visiting the website, why not encourage them to try out the game and enter the draw?