Pupils from Swindon, Telford and Darlington have been announced as the winners of a national competition to find the best child road safety animation.
The competition – run by the RAC, the THINK! road safety campaign and Aardman Animations – challenged schools and community groups across the UK to produce a short animation that conveyed one or more road safety messages.
The winners of the four to seven years age category were from Wroughton Infant School in Swindon, Wiltshire. The seven to 11 years category was won by pupils from Holmer Lake Primary School in Telford, Shropshire. And the 11-16 years category was won by members of Barton Scouts group in Darlington, County Durham.
The winners will each receive £1,000 for their organisation, plus a personal visit from the RAC’s road safety mascot, Horace.
Robert Goodwill, road safety minister, said: “I am delighted we have had the opportunity to work with RAC and Aardman Animations to encourage young people to think creatively about how they can communicate key road safety messages to their peers.”
Pete Williams, RAC head of external affairs, said: “Our campaign, fronted by road safety mascot Horace, is all about giving young people the knowledge and confidence to use the roads safely.
“The best people to convey road safety messages to young people are undoubtedly young people themselves, and this is exactly what we encouraged through this competition."
The winning animations can be viewed on the RAC’s Horace YouTube channel.