Better road safety needed on Broadway
On the first day of the new school year in 2010 a student from The Radclyffe School was involved in a serious accident as she crossed Broadway. Thankfully Jesmin Begum, a Year 10 student at the time, recovered after spending 13 weeks in a coma. Sadly there are many current students who need to learn a lesson from this incident and make sure they cross roads safely.
Deputy Headteacher Mrs Wernick said, “We regularly receive complaints from drivers who note how students from the school are failing to cross the busy dual carriageway safely. As a result we are urging parents to speak to their children and remind them of the risks. There are safe crossing places at all of the major junctions around school, there really is no excuse to not cross these roads safely.”
By the time children reach secondary school they are likely to be becoming much more independent as road users and, as such, are exposed to increased road risks. This makes it all the more important to remind them of what they need to do to stay safe.
As Spring approaches we would encourage students to travel to school either on foot or by bicycle. We know there are lots of benefits for health, the environment and spending time with friends by doing so. At the same time we know there are barriers that sometimes prevent people from walking or cycling, and hazards that pedestrians and cyclists may be exposed to.
During year group assemblies students will be reminded of the risks on the roads. We would be very grateful if you as parents and carers can reinforce these messages too.