Pupils first for safety

CHILDREN from throughout the area were praised for their role in improving road safety near their schools at a special ceremony in Kilmardinny House, Bearsden, recently.

Seventy-three pupils from 34 primary schools across East Dunbartonshire got the recognition they deserved for taking on the responsibility of being Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs) over the last year.

Councillor John Dempsey, vice-convener of the council’s development and infrastructure committee, presented them with special certificates.

He said: “They raise awareness of this important issue among fellow pupils through for example, creating road safety notice boards in their schools, running competitions and delivering presentations. The JRSO scheme has been running in East Dunbartonshire for five years and has been really successful. The ceremony at Kilmardinny House is a great way to recognise the efforts of those involved.”

JRSOs carry out a number of tasks including gathering information about ‘school gate’ parking which in one case was used by the school board at a parent’s evening to highlight the dangers to pupils caused by inconsiderate parking. Their notice board also showed pictures drawn by pupils on the same theme.

A CD-ROM called ‘Safety Street’ was downloaded on to every school computer and the JRSOs took focus groups of children for training, who then went back and cascaded the information to the rest of the class. JRSOs also played an active role in the school’s Walk to School Week.