The NATIONAL Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSO) scheme, that was introduced to Tayside in 2004, has gone from strength to strength with over 300 primary six pupils and 150 adult co-ordinators taking part in the 2011/2012 initiative.
Those who undertook the important role of JRSO last academic year, assisted in various local road safety initiatives including parking around schools, updating school travel plans, encouraging pupils to walk to school and even writing to local authority education and roads departments with various road safety suggestions, some of which have since been implemented.
The scheme incorporates information technology and communications, encourages peer education and promotes partnership working with pupils, parents, teachers, Road Safety Officers and Travel Plan Co-ordinators. JRSOs from across Tayside are able to share the valuable work they undertake with pupils from other Scottish schools by posting photos, notices and information on the JRSO website.
JRSOs also receive support from local Road Safety Officers and adult co-ordinators to plan assemblies, design notice boards and undertake other road safety related activities throughout their year in office. On induction days new JRSOs receive their badge of office and resources to assist them in their role.
With parking around schools becoming an ever increasing issue, the theme of the induction days this year will be ‘Walking to School’.
JRSOs will be invited to participate in a competition to design a slogan to encourage people to walk to school, the winners of which will receive road safety related prizes.
Marian Scott, Tayside Police Road Safety Co-ordinator said: “The majority of primary schools in Perth and Kinross, Angus and Dundee, are benefiting from having pupils who are confident in playing a key role in increasing road safety awareness of fellow pupils and the local community.
“We are certain that road safety awareness will be heightened further still through this year’s representatives.”