Children in South Gloucestershire urged to stay safe on the roads this winter

Road safety officer Roz Ernsting with Fred the Ted and reception class pupils at St Paul's Primary School in Yate during their visit to the school to talk about the Be Safe Be Seen winter road safety campaign

Road safety officer Roz Ernsting with Fred the Ted and reception class pupils at St Paul's Primary School in Yate during their visit to the school to talk about the Be Safe Be Seen winter road safety campaign

First published in News Gazette Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Yate, Chipping Sodbury, Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell, Rangeworthy, Wickwar, Hawkesbury, Iron Acton, Coalpit Heath and Old Sodbury

BE safe and be seen, that is the message road safety officers are promoting in South Gloucestershire.

As the nights draw in, the council’s road safety officers are launching an annual campaign to coincide with the clocks going back and the start of winter.

To mark the start of the campaign, the team visited St Paul’s Catholic Primary School in Yate to deliver its safety message to pupils.

Road safety officer Pamela Williams said: "South Gloucestershire has some of the safest roads in the country and by being safe and being seen on dark mornings and early evenings, this will help us keep it that way.

"During the autumn and winter months the colder weather starts to affect conditions on our roads so we have compiled a few tips to help you stay safe."

Officers advised children to wear reflective clothing if they are walking or cycling in the dark with the message ‘be bright, morning or night’.

The campaign is running all winter and road safety teams will be visiting all primary schools in the district to give advice and information.

The council has 100 free fluorescent rucksack covers to give away to help them be even more visible on the district’s roads on dark mornings and evenings. If you would like one email debbie.williamson@southglos.gov.uk

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