A giant birthday cake marked two important milestones for Road Safety in Lancashire this week.
Representatives from Lancashire County Council gathered at St John with St Augustine's School, Accrington, in celebration of the milestone of 20,000 children who are now safer road users as they have been trained through Lancashire County Council's Road Safety Group's 'Right Start' pedestrian training programme.
County Councillor Jean Battle, County Councillor Wendy Dwyer and Anita Bailey, Road Safety Adviser for the Right Start programme also attended the event at the school. Anita explained:
"For pupils and volunteers who have been involved in the group's Right Start pedestrian training programme it is a double celebration as they are among over 20,000 children that have taken part since its launch in 1999.
"It is vital that children learn the skills to manage the road environment at an early age. To have 20,000 children go through the Right Start training to develop important traffic awareness and pedestrian skills - is a real milestone."
This timely landmark achievement coincides with the 6th anniversary of the 'Together We Can Make the Difference' road safety strategy, which falls on 19th June.
Since its launch in 1998 over 22,000 individuals, companies, organisations, health representatives, schools and colleges have signed up to Make the Difference.
Clare Farrer, Principal Road Safety Adviser, explained:
"Together We Can Make the Difference provides a focus for people to raise awareness of road safety issues in their work place, through their hobbies and their local community.
"The strategy continues to gain momentum with new interest throughout the Lancashire community. Road Safety is now high on the agenda for many people and it is by working together that we can work towards reducing road casualties across the County.
"Every year around 70 people are killed on Lancashire's roads with around 6,000 injuries. Quite simply, it is only by all of us working together that we can reduce the number of tragedies on our roads."
The double celebration in Accrington brought together school children, volunteers and representatives from Lancashire County Council. All of which have been involved in raising awareness and support of road safety across the County.
For more information about Together We Can Make the Difference and the Right Start pedestrian training programme telephone 0800 328 1653 or log on at www.lancashireroadsafety.co.uk
Notes for Editors
The attached photograph shows children from St John with St Augustine C of E School, Accrington, with Right Start trainers at the school and cutting the cake (left to right) CC Jean Battle and CC Wendy Dwyer.
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