THOUSANDS of schoolchildren in Chester have been provided with high-visibility vests as part of a national road safety campaign.
About 2,000 children from primary schools across the area have been provided with the vests by online car buyer webuyanycar.com, which, as part of the ‘See Me Stay Safe’ campaign, aim to ensure children between the ages of four and seven stay safe as they walk to and from school in the dark winter months.
With Cheshire suffering 33 deaths and a further 4,258 casualties on the roads in 2011, the autumn campaign is supported by Brake, the national road safety charity, and aims to help reduce the number of child fatalities and injuries that occur on the roads in Chester.
A spokesperson for webuyanycar.com said: “Young children are particularly vulnerable at this time of year when they walk to and from school in the dark.
“As the UK’s largest buyer of cars we take road safety very seriously and wanted to contribute to the great road safety efforts in the area.”
Sarah Fatica, general manager at Brake, said: “webuyanycar. com has been a partner of Brake for a number of years, and we are delighted to support their campaign to ensure that every child aged between four and seven-in Chester has access to a free high-visibility vest.
“Walking to school becomes particularly treacherous for children at this time of year, with the darker nights and poor weather reducing the visibility of drivers.
“We are urging schools to order the free vests and bring wider road safety messages into lessons, encouraging children to hold hands by the roadside and cross at traffic lights in order to help reduce the devastating number of crashes in Chester this winter.”
Schools in Chester still hoping to take part in the project can contact webuyanycar.com by emailing webuyanycar@ democracypr.com or getting in touch via www.facebook.com/ webuyanycar.
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