Shopping vouchers and certificates have been handed out to two primary school pupils from Medway for their efforts in encouraging their peers to wear seatbelts.
Mary May James from Sir Thomas More Roman Catholic Primary, won £125 worth of high street shopping vouchers for designing a poster and Emily Chalmers from Chattenden Primary School received a £25 voucher as runner-up.
Both pupils also experienced Medway Council’s seatbelt sled which demonstrates what it’s like to have a car crash at 5-7mph. After this, the pupils were challenged to write a persuasive text to convince others to ‘clunk click every trip’.
Andy Dickinson, Medway Council’s safer journeys officer, said: “Emily and Mary May proved they had read the seatbelt literature and used facts from this in their writing. The impact of the seatbelt sled experience is clear to see from their work.”
Around 2,000 children and adults have witnessed the seatbelt sled in action with around half experiencing it firsthand. After witnessing a crash on the seatbelt sled, pupils were advised of the legal and safety issues around the use of child seats and booster cushions.
At the start of these sessions around a third of children admitted that they did not wear seatbelts on short and slower journeys.
For more information contact Andy Dickinson on 01634 331832.