Safety on the road is a 'personal responsibility' police tell Dungannon school children

Police with students at the Royal School who attended the road safety seminar
Police with students at the Royal School who attended the road safety seminar
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Around 800 first year secondary school pupils have been visited by police delivering a message of 'personal responsibility' for their own safety on the roads.

Mid Ulster Schools Officer Const Sue Wright and Roads Education Officer Cons Trevor Kirke spoke to Year 8 pupils at a series of seminars in the Dungannon and South Tyrone area last month.

Now in its fourth year, the initiative aims to highlight to new secondary pupils their personal responsibility when travelling to and from school.

Const Sue Wright said: "For most they will be travelling for the first time independently and for the majority a completely new route.

"The event is held in October to highlight the changing of clocks, statistically a time more people are injured on our roads. The need for vigilance and not reliance on others seeing you - 'Be Bright, Be Seen' safety .

"Funding supplied by Mid Ulster PCSP provided fluorescent flashing armbands for approximately 800 pupils who took part. In conjunction with Safety Officers from Translink who highlighted the importance of good behaviour on and off buses, while waiting for bus transport and after alighting."

Const Kirke provided road safety information, focusing on the importance of wearing seatbelts and the rules and regulations around bicycles and quads.