Young­sters drive home road safety mes­sage

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION - by Mike Ben­nett

Pupils de­sign posters aimed at driv­ers

DRIV­ERS will soon no­tice a new se­ries of road safety posters aimed specif­i­cally at them.

The signs de­signed by pupils from Lin­den Grove pri­mary school, will be sited at more than 20 lo­ca­tions on the Stan­hope es­tate in Ash­ford.

The three win­ning pupils at­tended pre­sen­ta­tions on Fri­day where their en­tries were un­veiled.

The boys, Ben Hut­ton, Daniel Har­ris and over­all win­ner, Ja­son Gar­diner saw their de­signs pro­fes­sion­ally pro­duced for the first time.

They are aimed to tar­get dif­fer­ent as­pects of road safety and each will fea­ture the boys and in­clude their win­ning slo­gans.

County road safety of­fi­cer and com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­iser, Brian Gray, pre­sented the trio with posters of their signs, vouch­ers and goody bags at the cer­e­mony at the school.

He said: “The stan­dard was ex­tremely high and I had a dif­fi­cult time pick­ing three win­ners.

“Each en­try showed the amount of care and thought that had been given to road safety and it was great to see such a high cal­i­bre of aware­ness.

“Hope­fully this will be con­veyed through th­ese win­ning posters to all driv­ers.”

Mr Gray added: “Chil­dren know about the dis­trac­tions faced by their par­ents and other driv­ers and it is en­cour­ag­ing to know that they want them to con­cen­trate by switch­ing off their mo­bile phones, pay­ing at­ten- tion to the speed lim­its and just driv­ing safely.”

The posters are be­ing erected next month.

Pic­ture by Danny Rhodes pd1196171

Pupils at the school have de­signed their own road safety posters. Back: Brian Gray. Front: Daniel Har­ris, over­all win­ner Ja­son Gar­diner and Ben­jamin Hut­ton

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