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Traffic officers deliver safety lesson to school pupils

Highways England traffic officers spell out key safety messages to the drivers of tomorrow.

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Traffic officers from Highways England spelt out key safety messages to the drivers of tomorrow when they took part in a special school event in Portishead.

Traffic officers Steve Jones and John Farmer, together with Terry Robinson from Professional and Technical Services, joined colleagues from Avon and Somerset Police, Avon Fire & Rescue Service and RNLI in a dedicated safety day at St Peter’s Church of England Primary School.

John said:

Events such as these are a great way to relay the message of what to do in an emergency, but it also offered a brilliant opportunity to get across safety messages around our motorway environment, and the feedback from the school has been fantastic.

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Traffic officer Steve Jones with pupils at St Peter's Primary School, Portishead.

The all day event was aimed not only at the personal safety of the pupils but also the safety implications of their actions on others, and Terry also demonstrated the various types of safety equipment used by engineers and explained the dangers of construction sites in general.

The traffic officers attended with one of Highways England’s patrol vehicles and delivered numerous talks to the school’s year groups on how to stay safe if the vehicle they are travelling in breaks down on the motorway, and also reinforced safety messages of playing on or near the motorway.

And Steve added:

It was a fun-packed day and it was good to be proactive in getting the safety message across to the pupils.

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Published 24 March 2016