Road safety advice for Peterborough pupils

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Students at schools across Peterborough have been given road safety advice through a new theatre production.

Streetwise was performed at six schools in three days to help 12 to 13-year-olds understand the risks, responsibilities and consequences of being a pedestrian.

From December 1-3, the production aimed to give students the information they needed to manage their personal safety and understand how their behaviour affects others around them.

Among the topics covered were how MP3 players and mobile phones can be distractions to pedestrian safety.

Last year, 26 young people aged 12 to 16 were injured on Peterborough roads, with 30 per cent of those injured pedestrians.

The schools visited were: Stanground Academy, Marshfields Special School, The King’s School, Arthur Mellows Village College, Nene Park Academy and Ken Stimpson Community College.

The production has been organised by the SaferPeterborough partnership which brings together a wide range of organisations from across the city, including Peterborough City Council, the police, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, Cross Keys Homes and health sector bodies.

Clair George, senior road safety officer at Peterborough City Council, said: “Improving pedestrian road safety is an important part of the SaferPeterborough partnership’s work to cut the number of young people injured on the city’s roads.”

There were 88 people killed or seriously injured on Peterborough roads in 2013, with 695 people injured in total.