Competition for pupils to design road safety banners

From left: Penny and Tim Read with their children Izzy and Tom, seeking an alternate route to school other than the car
From left: Penny and Tim Read with their children Izzy and Tom, seeking an alternate route to school other than the car
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Schoolchildren across Hampshire are being invited to enter designs for road safety banners as part of a competition linked to Road Safety Week.

Pupils aged 4-11 are being asked to design a banner that will encourage people to consider alternatives to motorised transport and understand the benefits driving less can bring to road safety, health, personal finances, communities and the planet.

Brake, the national road safety charity, organises Road Safety Week, which runs from November 23-29. This year’s theme is: ‘Drive less – live more. The safest mile is the mile not driven.’

For the seventh year running, promotional products, badges and school uniform specialist Recognition Express Southern is joining forces with Brake to hold this popular competition.

Winners will be presented with a large-scale printed banner featuring their design for display outside their school.

In addition, their school will receive a high-visibility drawstring bag for every pupil and the child behind the winning design will be given a special award.

Each participating school will get free annual membership to Brake. This includes a Road Safety Week e-action pack with downloadable posters and tips on activities that schools can run, as well as ongoing news bulletins on other Brake initiatives and campaigns.

Bev Dinenage, owner of Recognition Express Southern, said: ‘We receive more interest in our road safety banners competition every year, and the quality of entries is always very high.

‘This year’s theme is an interesting one with a lot of scope for children to use their imagination.

‘I am sure pupils will have a lot of fun designing banners to communicate this very important message and we look forward to seeing the entries.

‘We could all walk or cycle far more instead of hopping in the car for short journeys just because it’s quicker.’

Entry details are available at or by contacting Bev Dinenage by email at The closing date is Friday, October 9.