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The perfect picture of road safety
Tuesday 2nd December, 2008

The perfect picture of road safety
The winners of the Wigan Central road safety picture competition.

Wigan kids know their road safety!
The winners of the Wigan Central area children’s road safety competition have been announced. And council road safety experts are delighted with the standard of entries and the way the children have shown off what they know about being safe on the streets.

Road safety champions – volunteers in the community – plus officers and colleagues from the British School of Motoring judged the results from pictures drawn by the youngsters during recent road safety week events in Ince and Wigan town centre.

Emma Barton from the council’s environmental services department says: “Well done to all our winners. We’ve brought them all together to thank them and give them their road safety themed prizes. It’s good to find so many safety-conscious people and I hope they, their friends and their families will continue to be careful on the roads.”

The winning picture was drawn by Bethany Davies, age six. Bethany receives a £20 gift certificate from ML Cycles of Birkett Bank.

The road safety champions presented high visibility vests to local scout and guide leaders for use within their community groups.

Other awards were presented to local schoolchildren, brownies and cubs: Karen Welch (aged four), Olivia Collins (age five), Harvey Welch (age six), Charlotte Twiss (age six), Earl Grant (age seven), Eleanor Collins (age eight), and Shanice Welch (age 11). The youngest winner was Harry Collins, who, at two years old, created a colourful picture which particularly impressed the judges.

Ward councillor Jean Peet is one of the road safety champions for Wigan Central. She says: “Keeping our children safe is everyone’s concern. I’m delighted to support the council’s work and am very proud of the children here today. Please do your bit - together we can reduce the numbers of children involved in road traffic accidents.”

The road safety champions’ message is:

  • Wear your seatbelt front and back at all times

  • Ensure children are strapped into the appropriate child seats or booster seats

  • Don’t drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, even some prescription or over the counter drugs

  • Watch your speed

  • Don’t use your mobile phone, mp3 or iPod while driving

  • Be safe and be seen - wear bright clothing through the dark winter months.

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