12.02.16 - Haddenham students receive Road Safety demonstration

A growing, friendly, happy school in the heart of Haddenham village, Robert Arkenstall Primary has become the most recent school to get involved in the Mick George Ltd ‘Stay Safe on the Road’ campaign.

The visit from Mick George Ltd was the second practical lesson for the school of late after the students had completed a ‘Bikeability’ education session which specifically identified the dangers of cycling near busy roadways.

Dominic Sharp, Head Teacher at Robert Arkenstall Primary School said: ‘’The visit perfectly complimented the recent Bikeability Course undertaken by the children. They gained an excellent understanding of how vulnerable cyclists can be on the road. They enjoyed the view from the cab and realised the dangers of being in the driver's blind spot.’’

Pupils from Years five and six were delighted to have the opportunity to sit in the cab of a Grab Lorry and see things from the driver’s perspective. A question and answer session followed which reinforced pupils’ learning, understanding what and where blind spots are to better appreciate the dangers of sharing the road with large trucks and lorries.

The children were left with some road safety aids including a Mick George Ltd & TruckEast sponsored hi-viz vest to wear when out walking and cycling on the region's roads, as well as illuminous wrist bands and educational packs to revisit the topic at a later stage.

Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’The road safety campaign has grown in demand since its launch late last year. More and more schools are approaching us with the prospect of us demonstrating the various aspects and importance of carefully approaching the regions roads when in the vicinity of large commercial vehicles.’’

Stump continued: ‘’We are currently extending our commitment to safer roads in and around Haddenham village with the sponsorship of a Community Roadwatch, voluntary no drive zones and introducing a reduced advisory speed limit of 20mph for all HGV’s.’’

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