17.11.2016 - Northants Youngsters get Truck Smart

Founded in 1997, ‘Road Safety Week’ will shortly be upon us, 21st – 27th November. The annual event is the UK’s biggest road safety campaign, predominantly designed to make our streets and communities safer, by preventing the likelihood of injury or death on our roads.

Developed by road safety charity, Brake, the initiative involves thousands of local schools, organisations, and authorities, whilst providing a focal point for professionals working in road associated industries to boost awareness and promote life-saving messages.

Everyday 5 people die on UK roads and over 60 are seriously injured with the majority of which caused by driver error. The ‘Road Safety Week’ operation intends to raise the profile of the matter, providing everyone with the chance to do their part in improving the former statistics.

And two local organisations have combined to do just that. Construction business, Mick George Ltd, who operate a large fleet throughout the East Anglia and East Midlands, have teamed up with Thrapston Primary School to deliver a part theoretical and practical session to 150, years 5 and 6 pupils.

The lesson was delivered by an experienced ‘Driver Compliance’ employee from Mick George Ltd. Throughout the session, students were presented with a general safety briefing in and around the truck, information on driver blind-spots and safety features of the vehicle.

Students were able to compare and test their knowledge, pre and post intervention by completing a simple worksheet to ascertain learnings gained during the session. The school was left with educational summary booklets and safety aid Hi-Vis vests to continually enforce the message.

Sue Mawdsley, Deputy Head Teacher at Thrapston Primary School said: ‘’The children really enjoyed the demonstration, and the high-viz jackets were certainly well received. Feedback from the teachers, is how very useful, informative and relevant the talk was and actually made them think more about what they should be talking to the children about with specific relevance to the topic. We would like to extend our thanks to Mick George Ltd.’’.

Thrapston Primary School, which prides itself on providing the best in varied and engaging curriculum, suitably fulfilled that mission, with assistance from Mick George Ltd.

Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’The fact that ‘Road Safety Week’ is a worldwide initiative highlights the importance, but is also testament to the various industries involved attempting to resolve the issue. At Mick George Ltd we invest a lot of time and money to ensure the safe movement of our fleet.’’

Stump continued: ‘’We have completed various road safety initiatives to youngsters within the geographical regions which we operate, and seeing the tangible benefits and enjoyment that the children display, certainly makes them a worthwhile exercise.’’

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