|LARSOA - ROAD SAFETY NEWS - 14 MARCH 2005|
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Second Steps launches in Cornwall
Cornwall County Council Road Safety Unit has launched its new child pedestrian training scheme, Second Steps, which is aimed at Key Stage 1 children.
Second Steps is designed to teach key pedestrian skills to 5-7 year old children over the academic year. The training programme is progressive, with each phase building on the foundation laid in the previous phase.
The course teaches three key skills - choosing safe places and routes to cross the road, crossing safely between parked cars, and crossing safely at junctions - in addition to training the basic road safety skills of stop, look, listen and think!
During the launch children from Treloweth School in Redruth took part in a practical demonstration of the Second Steps scheme. This showed how children learn to recognise dangerous roadside situations, and how to work out safer routes and crossings through practical interaction and discussion at the roadside.
"As more and more people travel by car, our children's practical road safety experience is diminishing," said Leigh-Anne Parfitt, child pedestrian safety co-ordinator. "Second Steps aims to address this by enabling children to learn through practical experience at the road side."