Proceeds of crime fund boosts road safety in Leeds and Kirklees (18 Jun 2018)

Grants from the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner's Safer Communities Fund have given road safety a boost in Leeds and Kirklees.

Leeds City Council - Highways and Transportation received £5000 from the Fund for their Road Safety Oscars project while The Polish Saturday School in Huddersfield received £2538.88 for a special event to increase awareness of road safety around their building- used by a large number of people from the community and sits near a busy main road.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, visited the Polish Saturday School last weekend (16/06) and attended the Road Safety Oscars Ceremony at Prince Henry's Grammar School today. (18/06)

He said: "When I speak to members of the public, improving road safety is often their number one priority and both of these projects are raising awareness among younger people which is a key audience for prevention.

"I was really impressed with the quality of the resources and the learning produced here. Both are well placed to be shared widely across the community, meaning that a relatively small amount of money can make a real difference.

"Poor road safety behaviours can have such devastating consequences and be so easily avoided. It's crucial that everyone using our roads takes the time to think about how their actions affect both themselves and potentially other people, and these messages are delivered very effectively by these two projects.

"My thanks go to Leeds City Council and the Polish Saturday School for all their efforts."

The Leeds initiative sees secondary schools across Leeds invited to develop road safety and sustainable travel films. These schools, including Prince Henry's Grammar School, then hold Road Safety Oscars Ceremonies to showcase their work before sharing them with all year groups and feeder primary schools. 

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The films include road safety messages such as avoiding distractions, using appropriate crossings, being visible and coping with peer pressure. They also promote sustainable travel facilities and considerate parking.

Teacher Sian Ellis, from Prince Henry's Grammar School, said "I am so proud of the work the students have produced. Both films demonstrate some sophisticated use of camera and editing techniques. Over the period of the project they have thought sensitively about issues of road safety as well as learning an awful lot about film production."

Saturday's event at the Polish Saturday School included two guest speakers Anna Mankowska and Anna Haigh, a workshop for children and parents with practical demonstrations, a road safety competition, artwork, a quiz, a road safety song and a play performed by the GCSE and A-level students. The money also paid for a number of hazard awareness signs and banners, as well as safety equipment including high visibility jackets for young people.

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Polish Saturday School teacher, Hanna Siebierski, said: "We would like to express our gratitude to Mr Burns-Williamson for the grant that will benefit not only our school but also our diverse community by making the whole local area safer.

"We would also like to thank the school's headteacher Paulina Holesz, teacher Anita Kleckowska, PCSO Anna Haigh, Huddersfield South NPT Team 2, the Highways Department, the Chairman of the Polish Parish and the Parish Committee for their support.

"Well done to all the children, parents, speakers, and the community members for their great interest and for taking part in the event."

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