Pupils learn to stay safe on the roads

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COLD mornings and early nightfall - autum is upon us.

But the pitfalls of the season hold no fears for pupils at Lowton High School, who been learning all about how to stay safe when they’re making their way to and from school.

As part of their Personal and Social Education studies, Year 7 and 8 pupils recently welcomed Steve Bradshaw from Wigan Council’s Road Safety Team.

It’s a fact that young people aged between 11 and 18 are more likely to get injured on the roads than any other age group.

Headteacher John Shanahan said: “The safety of our pupils is one of our biggest priorities and we believe in providing all our pupils with the information they need to stay safe.

“There’s plenty going on in the autumn months and we have also recently welcomed Steve Timmis from the Fire Service to talk about the hazards of Halloween and Bonfire Night.

“Our pupils got a lot out of these sessions and particularly appreciated the stimulating and thought-provoking teaching styles of our guest presenters.

“We know what they have learned will serve them well over the autumn and winter months.”

Mr Bradshaw offers the following advice for pupils to stay safe:

n When crossing, concentrate on the road – not on your mobile phone;

n Don’t fool around about near roads, you put yourself and your mates at risk;

n Cross in places where drivers can see you easily;

n Use eye contact with drivers especially at pedestrian crossings;

n Always check that the traffic has stopped before crossing at pedestrian crossings.

Contact Wigan Council on 488250 and via email: roadsafety@wigan.gov.uk