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Road safety is emphasised by head teachers

By Essex Chronicle  |  Posted: May 31, 2012

  • SAFETY first: Head teacher Greg Water

  • cyclists: Head teacher David Franklin

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A HEAD teacher is backing the crackdown on dangerous drivers after his daughter saw a boy get hit outside her secondary school.

Greg Waters, head teacher of Bishops C of E Primary School, in Chelmsford, said: "I think road safety is an issue that should be permanently on the public agenda.

"We try to do a lot to improve safety. We have done a Speedwatch and also have got a group together to learn rules on the road.

"My daughter was on the bus and she saw the boy get hit in the face by a white van's wing mirror.

"Some teeth were knocked out, he said there was a lot of blood, and I think he broke something.

"A lot of the children witnessed the accident, and afterwards they were sent home because they were traumatised."

Chelmer Valley High School head, David Franklin, where the young boy was hit, agreed with keeping road safety a priority.

He said: "The young boy had moved from Finland recently, and unfortunately had an accident with the van about three weeks ago.

"We were all concerned about him and went to visit him in hospital but luckily his injuries were not serious.

"Cycle safety is a big issue at our school because of the number of students who cycle here.

"We have really started to make progress. People are now not aware as perhaps adults used to be."

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  • regerme  |  May 31 2012, 12:10PM

    Regerme has launched a free to use road safety scheme. The scheme is being promoted across the world wide web with its 'school road safety' component being promoted in school newsletters with the intention of making the roads safer for our children. Council austerity measures are looking to cut crossing patrols in some areas (at approx 6k per patrol). The safety of our children is not somebody else's responsibility and peer pressure is a proven method to change behaviour Regerme have provided a FREE to use platform to communicate through the medium of vehicle registration numbers by posting pictures and comments of dangerous actions around our schools. This innovative altruistic website has road safety for schools, how's my driving and road rage reporting components. The scheme needs the public as well as media on board to gain further traction. PLEASE POST YOUR CONSTRUCTIVE COMMENTS OR PICTURES ON THE SITE It's FREE, it works and could save lives. What other reason do you need? If you drive the scheme is not something you can opt out of. Search regerme, log on and check your registration. You may have a comment. Thank you

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