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Combatting road safety with school plays

3:29 pm, Thursday, 9th March 2023 - 1 year ago

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The Safer Roads Humber partnership have organised road safety plays across different schools in North East Lincolnshire, East Riding, North Lincolnshire and Hull.

Humberston Academy, Havelock Academy and Cleethorpes Academy are the three schools in the borough which have benefitted from these road safety plays.

The road safety play called #YOLO which is delivered by Performance in Education, is a 30-minute live performance demonstrating a family tragedy as a result of poor road safety behaviour. These plays help to share a road safety message, which includes the importance of wearing a seatbelt and the dangers of speeding and distractions whilst driving, to students in a more relatable way.

Students were then asked questions about the play, including the causes and consequences of the accident and how it could have been prevented, which was then followed by a short presentation and quick questionnaire about general road safety, finishing with top tips on how to be a safe passenger in a vehicle.

North East Lincolnshire Council and its delivery partner, Equans, would like to thank Safer Roads Humber for organising these important road safety events at schools and hope students have taken these road safety messages on board.

Paul Kaylow, vice principle at Cleethorpes Academy, said: “We’ve done these plays before, and it’s been very successful each time with students giving positive feedback afterwards. It’s an interactive way to demonstrate road safety risks locally and in a more relative manner to the students. It also helps to expand on their personal development looking at empathy and the consequences of dangerous driving to family and friends.”

Vice principal Paul and Alison the road safety officer standing outside Cleethorpes Academy.

Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport, added: “I am pleased these road safety messages are being delivered to young people in our borough. Their safety is paramount and it’s important they understand the safety of the roads. These plays aim to provide a clear message on the potential tragic outcomes of not taking road safety seriously.”

Alison Sapcote, road safety education assistant at Equans, added: “These plays are done in a format that will get through to the students the importance of road safety. Nothing is more valuable than their safety, so it’s imperative that they understand the importance of wearing a seatbelt, sticking to the speed limit and the consequences of when road safety measures are not kept.”

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