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Road Safety Week continues

Road Safety Week continues in Rhondda Cynon Taf, with pupils from across the County Borough getting involved in the awareness-raising issues - and helping the public, too!

Just days after the youngest members of Brynnau Primary School community helped to launch Road Safety Week across the whole of Wales, pupils from Ton Pentre were the next to get involved, joining the Council's Road Safety Team at Asda in Tonypandy. The Junior Road Safety Officers from the school were on hand to offer safety advice and information to shoppers. Zarla the Zebra, the Council's road safety mascot also joined the activities.

Partner agencies, including the Council, South Wales Police and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service also held an operation at Tonypandy Fire Station, raising awareness of safety issues and dealing with drivers who were not wearing a seatbelt, or were using their mobile phones when driving.

Across the county borough, pupils have been making their way to and from school using walking buses and there have been cycling proficiency and Kerbcraft lessons, with children learning essential skills. Alaw Primary, Darran Park Primary, Gelli Primary and Llanhari Primary are among those who have taken part in the essential skills courses.

People who want to get involved can still do so. Ton Pentre Primary's Junior Road Safety Officers will be holding a traffic survey on Friday morning and there is an event in the RAFA pub in Treorchy on Friday for mature drivers, which includes an information session and also a half-hour refresher driving lesson. Contact the Road Safety Team if you want to get involved.

Cllr Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We are exceptionally proud of the children at Brynnau Primary School, who flew the flag not only for RCT, but for Wales, at the launch of Road Safety Week.

“We are rightly proud of the work of our schools and our dedicated Road Safety Team. While a large part of the team’s work is supporting young people via schools, giving them the skills and awareness they need to remain safe, they also work hard within the surrounding community – everyone has a part to play in road safety and keeping young people safe.

“The theme for Road Safety Week 2014 is look out for each other, and that is a key message for us. It is about motorists looking out for children and thinking twice before they park on the double yellow or zig zag lines outside a school or use their mobile phones when driving.

“It is about looking out for cyclists and pedestrians and it is for all of us to ensure we are safe and visible when out and about.”

Julie Townsend, Deputy Chief Executive, Brake, said: “When drivers use roads without care for others the consequences can be tragic and horrific – people killed and badly injured, lives ruined forever, because of a moment of impatience or selfishness.

“At Brake, we witness the suffering that results, daily, through our work supporting people affected by road death and injury. And there are wider consequences if we don’t look out for each other on roads – people afraid to walk and cycle or let their kids walk and cycle, and unable to get out and enjoy their community and live active lifestyles.

“ That’s why, instead of making our streets stressful, risky places, we’re asking all road users to look out for and protect each other, particularly the most vulnerable – that means drivers sticking to 20 or below in towns and villages, looking carefully at junctions, and being considerate. Ultimately, we’re all just human beings trying to get around, with equal right to use the roads, not competing tribes.”

Find out more about how you can show your support on the Road Safety pages

Enjoy the picture special of the week so far