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Winter road safety for children

6 November, 2006

Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson, West Tyrone MLA Barry McElduff has urged parents to encourage their children to think about road safety and called on drivers to be extra careful, particularly at pedestrian crossings, as the morning and afternoon during rush-hour when children will be going to and from school will be darker and extra vigilance is required.

Mr McElduff said:

"Now that we are entering the time when the rush-hour traffic in mornings and afternoons will be during the hours of darkness it's vital that parents tell their children of school going age about the importance and rules of road safety.

"Its would also be of benefit for parents to encourage their children to have a fluorescent strip on their schoolbags as most school uniforms are in dark colours and this would help make their child visible to drivers particularly on a day when it's dull or misty.

"Drivers also have a responsibility to play their part in road safety, attention and consideration needs be given, particularly at pedestrian crossings.

"Many areas have lost their school crossing patrols as a result of curs to the Education Library Boards forced through by British Ministers, and this has added to the worry of parents as previously the crossing patrol person would have guided children across at many of the busiest junctions.

"It is crucial that everyone plays their part on road safety, we only have to look at our TV screens each night to see the heartbreaking stories of the carnage on the roads." ENDS

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