Police team up with school to promote road safety

Road safety banner created from the childrens' posters Credit: Police Scotland

Police in Hawick have teamed up with a local school to help promote road safety.

Over recent weeks officers say they have received several reports of inappropriate, inconsiderate and dangerous parking around The Loan and Drumlanrig Primary School in the mornings and late afternoons.

Scottish Borders Council had previously installed signage and road markings to tackle the problem.

A poster competition was then devised by the school's Junior Road Safety Officers, Mhairi Johnston and Grace Gibb, who were supported by PC Dianne Lauder.

The purpose of the competion was to highlight road safety, particularly within The Loan and each class participated by designing their own poster message.

A winner from each class was chosen by Councillor Ron Smith, with six of the posters were then put together to make up a banner with the slogan, “OUR ROAD SAFETY, OUR RESPONSIBILITY”, which was the inspiration of a P7 pupil.

On Friday the JRSOs hosted a road safety assembly to the school where the prize winners were announced and the banner, sponsored and produced by Wilson Signs, was revealed.

"This banner will be on display just outside the school to provide a constant reminder to the children about crossing the road safely.

Constable Dianne Lauder, Hawick Police Station