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Celebrating Cambridgeshire’s road safety heroes

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Road safety heroes are being celebrated for the important work they are doing across Cambridgeshire.

Road Safety Week 2021 (15-21 November) recognises those who are carrying out important work which ranges from designing safer roads to caring for people after a crash. It also enables everyone who uses roads to understand how they can take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others.

To mark the annual event run by charity Brake, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Road Safety Education Team is celebrating and praising the work of the many volunteers and school crossing patrols it has helping them to promote safer and healthier journeys.

Manea School is one of four schools in the county in need of a lollypop person to help children cross the road safely.
Manea School is one of four schools in the county in need of a lollypop person to help children cross the road safely.

It also wants to highlight vacancies for school crossing patrols at four schools across the county including Manea and Doddington.

Councillor Peter McDonald, chair of Cambridgeshire’s highways and transport committee, said: “Road safety is such an important issue, so it is only right that we champion the many professionals and volunteers who are helping to protect lives and serious injuries.

“Road safety is something we can all play a part towards, and I would urge people to reflect on the need to take sensible precautions when on the road as reckless behaviour can have devastating consequences.”

Among those making a difference in Cambridgeshire are 180 junior and youth travel ambassadors who help pupils identify what they think needs to change to improve road safety for their school, and to lead healthier lifestyles.

There are also 120 school streets closures volunteers who ensure the safety of pupils around school entrances.

Council road safety team manager Lyn Hesse said: “The theme of road safety heroes is an opportunity to publicly say a big thank you to all those who volunteer and serve in our communities.

“This includes the amazing charity Road Victims Trust that supports the families and friends after the tragic loss of a loved one in a crash.

“We all need to take responsibility and be a road safety hero. The choices we make when we travel can, if made unwisely, have a huge and devasting impact on so many lives.”

The vacant school crossing patrol roles are available at:

Lionel Walden Primary School, Doddington

Fourfields Community Primary School, Yaxley

Manea Community Primary School

The Shade Primary School, Soham.

For further information, email: Andy.swallowe@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

For more information on Road Safety Week, visit: https://www.brake.org.uk/road-safety-week.

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