19th May 2023

Deputy PCC and high school pupils tackle road safety in Broughton

Deputy PCC Andy Pratt MBE with officers, teachers and pupils at Broughton High School

With support from officers, pupils got to try out speed guns to check the speed of drivers passing the school and also spotted other traffic offences such as drivers not wearing seatbelts or parking dangerously.

During the visit, which was also attended by a member of the local parish council, students learned about the most dangerous traffic offences which make drivers far more likely to be involved in potentially fatal collisions known as the Fatal Five. These include careless driving, drink and drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone and speeding.

Education is an important part of road safety and officers and PCSOs regularly attend schools and colleges to carry out enforcement and help to educate young people.

Deputy PCC Andy Pratt said: “Targeting dangerous drivers is a priority in the Police and Crime Plan for Lancashire and, as chair of Lancashire’s Road Safety Partnership, this work is really important to me.

“Most accidents on our roads can easily be avoided and education has a key role to play in road safety and accident prevention.

“The police cannot tackle this issue alone which means that we need everyone’s support, from road users to parents who drop their children off at the school.

“All the pupils I met as part of this visit are a real credit to Broughton High School, coming up with their own ideas to prevent accidents and getting involved tackling dangerous driving around the school.

“Students showed real enthusiasm for making our streets safer and I am confident that they will share their knowledge with their fellow pupils as well as their family and friends.”

Sam Lynn, Head of Year 10 from Broughton High School added: “The safety and wellbeing of our pupils is our number one priority, and it has been fantastic to welcome Mr Pratt and the officers from Lancashire Police to our school.

“The visit was a great opportunity for our students to learn more about road safety, how they can ensure that their friends and family can stay safe on the roads and a chance to try out some of the equipment used by the police to spot and stop speeding vehicles.

“Our students took a lot away from the session and there was some real excitement about the chance to get involved in making the journey to and from school as safe as it can be.”

With support from Lancashire Constabulary, Andy Pratt has already worked with a number of primary and secondary schools across Lancashire with further visits planned to engage young people across the county and make sure they can play their part in keeping all road users safe from harm.


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