A junior road safety officer (JRSO) scheme for Year Five and Six pupils is being launched in Hampshire.
Hampshire’s road safety team has helped schools to appoint JRSOs in 88 schools around the county. Supported by a member of staff, two JRSOs in each school take responsibility for ensuring their fellow pupils understand what they can do to keep themselves safe. Their responsibilities includes delivering road safety assemblies, running competitions and maintaining a road safety notice board.
At a conference to mark the launch, the JRSOs learnt about the importance of their role and what is expected of them. They also took part in workshops covering topics including including making a radio commercial and learning how to develop catchy yet meaningful slogans.
Ernest Sage, road safety services manager, said: “Young people are generally open minded and eager to learn, particularly when the subject matter is meaningful and relevant to their everyday lives. The JRSO scheme will enable the young officers to help their friends and others in their school to be aware of the importance of road safety and what they can do to keep themselves safe. It will also be a significant help in encouraging the development of their independence.”