Schools invited to join road safety campaign

More than 18 schools have already signed up to a road safety campaign.

The county council has teamed up with Mick George Ltd to highlight the importance of road safety, especially now the clocks have gone back. National Road Safety week starts on November 19 and Mick George Ltd, a skip hire and waste management firm, is adding weight to the campaign with its new Skip to School Safely initiative.

Working with Northamptonshire County Council’s Road Safety Team, the firm has launched the campaign to help get primary school children thinking about how to stay safe when they are out and about on the road and travelling in the car with their families.

The programme encourages children, teachers and parents to explore issues such as considerate parking around schools, how to be seen on the roadside and the importance of wearing a seatbelt. Budding young artists will reflect what they have learned in art form and enter a regional competition to design a skip with a road safety theme. Jonnie Barton, the internationally acclaimed graffiti artist, has been chosen to visit the winning schools and recreate their designs on the side of a full-sized Mick George skip in spray-painted glory.

Jon Stump, finance director at the firm, said: “With 3,000 skips in service, our large fleet of lorries travel the Northamptonshire roads all day, every day. Protecting the public on the road and keeping our drivers safe is vitally important and we are delighted to be working with Northamptonshire County Council’s Road Safety Team to help raise awareness in schools. We have over 270 employees here at Mick George with many living in the area and with young families of their own.”

If your school would like to take part, contact Claire Armstrong at Mick George Ltd on 01480 499134 or email clairea@mickgeorge.co.uk.