Newton- le -Willows Primary School pupils keep on (safely) truckin’

Organised and supported by St Helens Council’s Road Safety Team, DHL UK attended Newton-le-Willows Primary School to demonstrate to Key Stage 2 pupils the importance of road safety near and around larger vehicles when out and about near roads without adult supervision – as part of DHL’s Truck & Child Safety (TACS) programme.

The children were able to sit inside the truck’s cabin alongside Driver
Trainer, Kevin Lawrenson and Driver Development Manager, Tom McCann, to witness how far away from the vehicle they would need to be to be out of its blind spots – with ‘Dan the dummy’ also present to show the children what would happen if they got too close to the truck’s wheels.

Later on in the day, The BikeRight team also joined DHL UK as they had been involved in delivering cycle training to 33 of the Year 5 children.
Bikeability cycle training encompasses road safety when cycling on the road in and around the local area. The children followed their session with a specific talk about blind spots and how cycles can be at risk around trucks if getting too close.

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Housing and Community Safety, Councillor Richard McCauley, said: “Programmes like this are priceless when it comes to the safety of a child.

“I’d like to thank Kevin and Tom for taking the time out to come down and
explain to the children the importance of safety around large vehicles now
they are getting older and a little more independent – and special praise
deserves to go to the children for being so attentive and really getting
involved in the session.”

From 23-29 November, Newton-le-Willows Primary will be taking part in the Brake Road Safety Week, with various road safety related activities
planned.

This month, the Road Safety Team will also be delivering road safety
awareness sessions as part of the Crucial Crew personal safety event – held at Langtree Park – for all Year 5 children in the borough. This event takes place for a fortnight, starting from October 9 and every school has the opportunity to attend.