Youngsters learn about road safety in scheme

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HUNDREDS of schoolchildren will be better clued up on the roads after completing safety training.

Around 290 children, aged between nine to 11, are going to become junior road safety officers this month.

The Hampshire County Council scheme will see 145 schools take part.

Year 5 and 6 pupils do a day of training and help teach others about road safety.

County transport boss Councillor Sean Woodward said: ‘Junior road safety officers play a crucial role in schools by teaching their friends the importance of road safety and what they can do to keep themselves safe.

‘It also aims to give children a good grounding in road safety education as they prepare for the transition to secondary school – the point at which many children begin to travel independently for the first time.’

Youngsters will take part in four workshops, including designing a quiz on road safety and designing a road safety T-shirt.

Children can also blog about their training.