Minister Mallon reminds pupils to be safe, be seen on the roads

Date published: 12 October 2021

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon is reminding pupils to be safe, be seen as they travel to and from school this autumn/winter.

Minister Mallon joins Glengormley Integrated Primary School pupils
Minister Mallon joins Glengormley Integrated Primary School pupils Milad Al-Shbeeb, Lexi Fenton, Murran Denvir and Emil Staniszewski

Launching this year’s annual Road Safety Teaching Aid calendar, Minister Mallon visited Glengormley Integrated Primary School to remind pupils of the importance of safe behaviour on the roads, particularly at this time of year with the shorter daylight hours.

The Road Safety Calendar is distributed free to all primary and nursery classes across Northern Ireland and plays an important role in delivering vital road safety messages every day of the year.

Minister Mallon said:

“I am committed to improving road safety around schools and recognise the importance of educating children from an early age to help them develop the skills to stay safe on the roads. The annual Road Safety Calendar provides a valuable teaching aid for schools and has helped generations of children stay safe on our roads.

“Each page of the calendar has an important road safety message specially developed for children. The potentially lifesaving messages are presented in an engaging and memorable manner and I am confident they will continue to help form responsible road behaviour.

“Road safety is important every day of the year, but with the clocks going back at the end of the month and the darker days at this time of year, it is even more important for everyone to take extra care.  I would remind pupils of the importance of wearing fluorescent and reflective items on clothing or school bags, and also staying alert around buses particularly when boarding and exiting the vehicle.

“Drivers are reminded to watch out for children walking or cycling during the darker months, and to take extra care around school buses especially when children are getting on or off.”

There are three separate versions of the calendar to best match the different stages of development and understanding of nursery and primary school children.

 

Notes to editors: 

  1. Photo caption 1: Minister Mallon joins Glengormley Integrated Primary School pupils Milad Al-Shbeeb, Lexi Fenton, Murran Denvir and Emil Staniszewski as she reminds everyone to take extra care on the roads when travelling to and from school this autumn/winter.
  2. The Road Safety Teaching Aid Calendar was first published in 1972.
  3. For information on child car seats go to:  www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/child-car-seats-restraints-and-seatbelts  
  4. For a reminder of the Green Cross Code go to:  www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/rules-pedestrians-1-35    
  5. To view all 3 calendars go to:  www.nidirect.gov.uk/publications/road-safety-calendars-2021-2022 
  6. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours service for media enquiries only between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.
  7. Follow the Department on Twitter @deptinfra and on Facebook @DepartmentforInfrastructure

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