Pupils at a primary school in Darlington have put their creative skills to good use in a bid to promote road safety in the borough.

Following an assembly delivered by Junior Road Safety Officers, the youngsters at Corporation Road Community Primary School created coloured flags to make a string of bunting, which has been hung outside the school to ask drivers to “keep the zigzags clear”.

Junior Road Safety Officers Tanisha Ahmed and Jakob Smith told the assembly the importance of keeping the zigzag markings outside the school clear, especially at the start and end of the school day, to ensure a safe place for children.

Tanisha explained: “All the children decorated some bunting telling people they must not park in this area as it will block the view for children and parents trying to cross the road.

“It also makes it difficult for Steven, our lollipop man and if you park there you may get a fine. Please keep us safe!”

Headteacher Ann Pringleton with JRSO Tanisha and teaching assistant Michelle Stott

Teaching assistant Michelle Stott added: “The children all took part in the assembly delivered by our Junior Road Safety Officers who explained about the importance of not parking on the yellow zigzags outside of school.

“It’s been a great way to remind the pupils, and their parents, of this important issue and the bunting they’ve created looks wonderful.”

Other schools across the borough are also taking part in the “keep the zigzags clear’ initiative.

Councillor Nick Wallis, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for transport, said: “Our Road Safety Team work closely with local schools and the Junior Road Safety Officers to help teach youngsters how to stay safe.

“The bunting created by the pupils is a great way to remind parents and other drivers of the need to play their part and keep clear of the zigzags outside a school to ensure the children can see and be seen when crossing the road.”

To find out more about the Junior Road Safety Officers programme, visit the Let’s Go Tees Valley website.

Source: Darlington Borough Council