Pupils taught to be seen and keep safe

The Northland Age - - Local News -

The North­land Wood Coun­cil and lo­cal forestry com­pa­nies are tour­ing pri­mary schools around the district to teach stu­dents how to Be Safe & Be Seen around trucks.

Kerik­eri-based North­land For­est Man­agers sent a cou­ple of their staff and con­trac­tors to as­sist with the Kerik­eri Pri­mary School visit, where Ian Newey, from the North­land Wood Coun­cil, ex­plained what a blindspot was and how im­por­tant it was for cy­clists, pedes­tri­ans and other drivers to make them­selves vis­i­ble to the truck driver.

The chil­dren learned that if they couldn’t see the driver then the driver couldn’t see them, be­fore be­ing put into groups with NFM staff and drivers. Hav­ing stood be­hind the trucks, and es­tab­lished that they couldn’t see the mir­rors, they were given the chance to sit in the cab and see for them­selves just what a driver can and can’t see be­hind them.

The pro­gramme will con­tinue through­out the year, pre­dom­i­nantly vis­it­ing ru­ral schools that are on or close to log truck routes.

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