Children in 158 childcare settings
Co. Mayo are to be targeted in a major road safety education programme that will see CDs, reflective vests, and posters distributed to childcare services in the county.
‘Beep Beep! Day’ will take place on Friday, March 14th, and each childcare service receive road safety packs.
The feature items in the pack will be Salmon and Friends, a series of four road safety stories on CD.
"This initiative is being organised by the Road Safety Office of Mayo County Council and Mayo County Childcare Committee," said Mr Jim Power, County Childcare Co-ordinator. “We hope that the stories of Salmon and Friends will become well-known in all the childcare services in the county, while the road safety vests are also crucial items for young people.”
Mayo County Childcare Committee has organised training sessions for all childcare workers who will be taking part in ‘Beep Beep Day.;
“It is an important initiative in our ongoing campaign to promote road safety in the county,” said Mr Noel Gibbons Road Safety Officer Mayo County Council.
Young children do not have the skills to stay safe in traffic. They often can’t see past parked cars and they don’t have the experience to judge the speed and distance of an oncoming car. Parents and carers should teach children good traffic safety habits early.
Mr Jim Power added “Every child has the right to walk and cycle safely. Through Beep Beep! Day, we can reach thousands of youngsters and help them develop the foundations of road safety education.We are pleased to be involved with Beep Beep! Day . It is horrifying that so many young children are killed and seriously injured by cars every year . Hopefully this initiative will not only help children stay safe but also raise awareness among drivers about the need to slow down and drive carefully around homes, schools and nurseries.”