Safety first for young road officers

Youngsters from some of the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth primariesat the JRSO induction day in Airdrie
Youngsters from some of the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth primariesat the JRSO induction day in Airdrie

YOUNGSTERS from primary schools in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth attended an induction day for North Lanarkshire Council’s Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs).

The aim of the JRSO scheme is to encourage children to highlight road safety issues within their schools.

This can be done through raising awareness among other pupils, teachers and the school community, while maintaining links with their Road Safety Officer.

The JRSOs’ key role is to maintain a road safety notice board, deliver presentations to classes or assemblies, and run road safety competitions within their school. Prizes for the competitions are supplied by the council’s road safety team.

The JRSOs will also be able to post information and pictures of all the things they do on the web site www.jrso.com

Special thanks to Amey Public Services who, as well as providing local sponsorship towards the cost of running this scheme, also provided on the day a gritter and a member of staff to operate it. The children were made aware of the dangerous road conditions in winter and the need for gritting. Resources for the JRSO scheme were provided by Road Safety Scotland.

David McDove, assistant business manager for roads strategy and safety, said: “This is the seventh year of the JRSO scheme in North Lanarkshire and it is pleasing to note that 112 schools are involved.

“The JRSOs do a terrific job in promoting and raising the awareness of road safety in their schools – that can only help to save lives.

I thank all of the Junior Road Safety Officers for their commitment to improving safety on the roads around their schools.”

Among the 80 North Lanarkshire primary schools which took part in the induction day were Balmalloch, Carbrain, Condorrat, Cumbernauld, Holy Cross, Kildrum, Kilsyth, Ravenswood, St Andrew’s, St Helen’s, St Joseph’s, St Patrick’s and Westfield.