Zig zag ban­dits be­ware - these pupils are af­ter you

Evening Times - - NEWS - By CA­TRI­ONA STEW­ART

ROGUE driv­ers be­ware – Glas­gow’s new­est traf­fic safety war­dens have been named and they are de­ter­mined to get re­sults.

Each year two pupils are cho­sen from ev­ery city pri­mary school to work with Glas­gow City Coun­cil’s Road Safety staff.

Yes­ter­day around 300 young­sters at­tended a spe­cial event at the City Cham­bers to be of­fi­cially named Ju­nior Road Safety Of­fi­cers (JRSO).

The scheme, which has been run­ning since 2005, aims to en­cour­age bet­ter road safety be­hav­iour from pupils – and their par­ents.

This year’s co­hort of en­thu­si­as­tic pupils are de­ter­mined to cut traf­fic around their schools and stamp down on self­ish par­ents park­ing on zigzag lines.

Cara Gil­fil­lan, 10, Sara Farsad, 10, and John McIvor, 11, from St Charles’ Pri­mary said zig zag park­ing is the bane of their school.

Par­ents take risks out­side the North Kelvin­side pri­mary but these young peo­ple are de­ter­mined to stop it.

Cara said: “Out­side our school there’s quite a bit of park­ing prob­lems and par­ents com­ing and park­ing on zig zags.

“It has been a prob­lem for a long time and Ju­nior Road Safety Of­fi­cers be­fore us have all tried to sort it out but the par­ents don’t lis­ten.

“But we are putting in place new strate­gies and try­ing new things so we are sure we will be able to do some­thing.

“It’s re­ally dan­ger­ous and we need to make it stop.”

Young­sters pledge to dis­play a no­tice­board in their schools with road safety in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice.

They also or­gan­ise and run road safety com­pe­ti­tions and de­liver talks.

The role is con­sid­ered an im­por­tant one for pupils and at yes­ter­day’s in­duc­tion day they were given re­sources to help carry out their du­ties.

Maria Stew­art, 11, from St Maria Goretti Pri­mary, plans to tackle cy­cling in her school.

She said: “I had to fill in an ap­pli­ca­tion form in my school to take part and my plan is to tackle peo­ple who ride their bikes with­out hel­mets. They think they are too cool to wear a hel­met but it’s re­ally dan­ger­ous.”

Coun­cil­lor Anna Richard­son, City Con­vener for Sus­tain­abil­ity and Car­bon Re­duc­tion, was at the Cham­bers to meet the new JRSOs. She said: “We would en­cour­age par­ents to get out of their cars and use other meth­ods to travel to school but to do so they need to know the roads are safe.

“So ini­tia­tives like this are all part of a big­ger strat­egy to make our roads and our trans­port sys­tem bet­ter.”

Maria Louise Stew­art, 11, of St Maria Goretti Pri­mary, Ross McGinty, 10, from Sun­ny­side Pri­mary, Darcey Fullar­ton, 11, from St Bene­dicts, Reece Mullen, 10, from St Fran­cis Pri­mary and Cara Gil­fil­lan, 10, from St Charles Pri­mary with Road Safety Of­fi­cer...

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