Northumbria Police and partners launch ‘Walk Safe to School’ initiative in Wallsend
Northumbria Police and partners launch ‘Walk Safe to School’ initiative in Wallsend.
Over the past few months officers have been working closely with Blueline Taxis and Wallsend Action for Youth to ensure children in Wallsend can get to and from school safely.
The initiative, which launches today (November 28) at Richardson Dees Primary in Wallsend, will see almost 6,000 hi-vis vests issued to school children to ensure cars and cyclists can spot them walking near roads on route to school.
Local Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Storey talks of how important the initiative is, he said: “Making sure our community’s children are safe is a no-brainer. By teaching children early on how important road safety is, we can help make sure they take this seriously into their adult life. The initiative might be simple but the message and benefits are lasting.”
The vests have been funded thanks to the help of Blueline Taxis and Wallsend Action for Youth, Leanne Lee from Blueline Taxis said: “At Blueline one of our fundamental company values is that we are investors in passenger safety and therefore the Walk Safe to School campaign is something we are extremely proud to be part of – ensuring that young people across our region are travelling to and from school safely.”
Chair of Wallsend Action for Youth, Alan Strachan, said: “Wallsend Action for Youth are delighted to be able to support this important initiative as part of our close collaboration with the police in Wallsend.”
Richardson Dees Primary are proud to be the first school to wear the hi-vis vests and lead the way in safety for their school children. Wayne Myers, Head Teacher of the school said: ““This is a wonderful initiative, especially because it sees so many people from within our community coming together to ensure that our children are as safe as they possibly can be. We are very grateful to everyone involved who has helped make this happen.”