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Schoolchildren to target parents who park on 'keep clear' markings outside schools


Creating safer and greener roads outside schools is the job being tasked to Hackney’s newest batch of Junior Road Safety Officers.

Children from 24 schools across the borough have been chosen by Hackney Council to act as road safety champions to their peers for this academic year, following a training morning in Hackney Museum.

The Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSO) will also promote general road safety messages as well as encourage walking and cycling to and from school by speaking to their schoolmates in assemblies, organising competitions, and maintaining notice boards of information leaflets and posters.

Cllr Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Hackney Council
Junior Road Safety Officers play a vital role in tackling road safety issues in and around the grounds of their schools. We hope motorists will take heed of the safety messages being asked of them and help make the roads cleaner, greener and safer for all.
Cllr Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Hackney Council

Each year the Council’s road safety team awards one school a trophy for outstanding contributions to road safety.

St Matthais Primary School, in Wordsworth Road, Stoke Newington, scooped the shield for 2013/14 academic year, following an impressive presentation at the training day by its serving JRSOs who demonstrated innovative ideas in promoting road safety.

It is hoped this year’s JRSOs will create safer and less polluted roads by working alongside road safety and parking enforcement officers to prevent motorists from parking or stopping on keep clear markings outside schools.

The numbers of schools participating in the Council’s JRSO scheme is 52 out of the 53 Hackney-maintained primaries.