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YOUNGSTERS from Orchard Lea Infant School in Fareham have been amongst the first to try out new teaching materials to help them cross the road safely.

The six and seven-year-olds were the first to see Hampshire County Council’s new Streets Ahead learning materials when they began their pedestrian training. The new Streets Ahead resources help to illustrate the importance of crossing the road safely and feature the young junior road safety officer characters, Jasmine, Reggie, Su Li and Ollie.

Councillor Mel Kendal, who is in charge of transport matters for the county, said: ‘Road safety is a priority and Streets Ahead is one of a number of initiatives we fully support.

‘Education is the key to help children keep themselves safe and, with this scheme, the combination of activities in school and putting those lessons into practice under supervision is invaluable in equipping them with an essential life skill.’

Any schools that would like to take part can contact (01962) 846100.