Thursday, 16 July 2015

LONG EATON CHILDREN GET SCOOTER SMART

 
Safer Neighbourhood team members in Long Eaton are the latest officers to get involved with a national scheme to encourage school pupils to choose more active and environmentally friendly ways of travelling to school.
PC Karen Rockley and PCSO Jon Duggan from the Long Eaton North Safer Neighbourhood Team took part in a Scooter Smart event with youngsters from Longmoor Primary School on Friday, June 26, as part of the Modeshift STARS award.
The officers joined Rob Bounds from Derbyshire County Council’s sustainable travel team at the Newstead Road school, to help promote scooter safety.
Pupils practised their skills of control and stopping to help remind them to look out for others using the pavement and to cross the road safely. During their visit the Safer Neighbourhood officers also security marked pupils scooters.
Rob explained: “Modeshift STARS is a national award scheme aimed at promoting more environmentally friendly ways of travelling to school.
“Lots of children own and ride scooters so the Scooter Smart partnership with the police is a great way to encourage children to travel safely and to help keep their scooters safe and secure as well. This work also contributes towards the school achieving their Modeshift award.”
Safer Neighbourhood teams across Derbyshire have been involved in the scheme, including: PC Neil Hopwell and PCSO John Midgley from Kilburn; PCSO Emily Stanesby and PCSO Jenny Lorimer from the Codnor, Waingroves and Langley Mill beat; Belper Town’s PC Richard Martin, PC Andrea Smith and PCSO John Hardy, and PC Anna Welberry, PC Sarah Allcock, PCSO Emma Fisher and PCSO Courtney Chetwyn from the Heanor and Loscoe team.
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