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Road safety day helps pupils’ campaign for crossing

Long Stratton, Norfolk. Road Safety Education at St Mary Junior School in Long Stratton pictured is the Bees class and Mick Witterick of ASCO

Long Stratton, Norfolk. Road Safety Education at St Mary Junior School in Long Stratton pictured is the Bees class and Mick Witterick of ASCO

It is not everyday a lorry parks up in your playground, but for pupils at St Mary’s Junior School in Long Stratton the visit was all part of a day devoted to road safety.

Held as part of the global event road safety week, pupils learnt about stopping distances, accident statistics, safety around large vehicles and blind spots - all helped by a visit from a lorry from ASCO, an oil and gas services company based in Great Yarmouth.

As well as taking part in a road safety poster competition, pupils also let off balloons carrying messages about safety on the roads.

By noon the same day, two of the balloons had reached as far as Cromer.

Alison Cullum, school headteacher, said: “The pupils have really been thinking about road safety. We can notice a difference already seeing them cross the road outside the school.

“They’re not only thinking about what they need to do to keep themselves safe, but the safety of other people too.”

Mrs Cullum said the day also tied in with a petition they have given to South Norfolk Council campaigning for a crossing in Swan Lane outside the school.

She said: “We don’t have a lollipop man or a crossing, and although it is a 20mph road we still get speeding cars.”

 

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