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Children urged to take extra care during the centenary TT festival 22 May 2007

All of the Island’s school children will be getting some extra guidance this year about staying safe during the TT Centenary Festival. The Department of Transport’s Road Safety Unit, together with the Isle of Man Constabulary, has designed two special road safety leaflets which will be distributed by the schools next week.

The two leaflets, one for key stages 1 and 2 and one for key stages 3 and 4, have been designed to inform children about the potential dangers on the Island’s roads during TT fortnight. Andrea Georgeson, Road Safety Training Coordinator, said:

‘We decided to produce two different leaflets tailored to appeal to both older and younger children this year. The leaflets offer some simple guidelines to follow whilst watching the races as well as encouraging the reader to be extra careful whilst there is substantially more traffic on our roads. It is so important for children to understand that while they need to be careful on the roads at all times, the increased traffic over the next few weeks will mean that they should take extra care and ideally steer clear of the roads.’

A number of road safety training sessions are being held in schools around the Island over the next week when children will be reminded of the potential dangers on the roads and be invited to ask questions about road safety during TT fortnight. Key stage 1 and 2 children were asked to design a TT road safety poster using the Take It Easy message in a competition run by the Road Safety Unit recently. The winners of the competition were Megan Joughin-Koning from Ballacloan School and Lauren Jones from Ballasalla School. Each of the winning posters will be displayed in Shoprite stores around the Island and all the children who took part in the competition will receive a gift from the Road Safety Unit and a TT Centenary baseball cap which have been donated by Motorsport Merchandise.

The Hon David Anderson MHK, Minister for Transport, said:

‘We would like to thank the schools for their help and cooperation in organising the competition and of course the children for their all their hard work. The standard was exceptionally high and congratulations to Megan and Lauren on their success.’

The Hon Anne Craine MHK, Minister for Education, added:

‘Naturally, we would like our children to be mindful of road safety issues at all times, but it is particularly important that the message is clearly delivered as we approach the Centenary TT. I am very pleased to support the campaign being run by the Department of Transport and appreciate the time they are taking to visit our schools and distribute the information leaflets.’

The leaflets will be sent to all of the Island’s schools during the course of next week before they close for the TT holidays. The children’s leaflets are part of the ‘Take ITT Easy’ campaign which the Road Safety Unit will be promoting around the Island throughout the TT Festival.

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