YEAR six pupils at five borough schools have been learning how to keep themselves and other youngsters safe after becoming Junior Road Safety Officers.
Children in the pilot scheme were asked to apply for the roles, as if they were real jobs, with the successful few being given the responsibility to spread awareness about road safety.
Eve Lowe and Ibrahim Aliwi, both aged 11, are Junior Road Safety Officers, JRSOs, at Yorkswood Primary in Kingshurst.
“It risks your life if you don’t follow road safety so you have to know the rules,” said Ibrahim,
Eve added: “Also because most of our class play out after school, they will know when to stop and look out for cars.”
Officers, who received their own high-visibility jacket with logo, will also be keeping the school informed of road safety messages via notice boards, as well as running school-wide competitions.
Councillor Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport & highways said: “The scheme has been very successful in other regions of the UK and we’ve already had five schools appoint their own JRSOs. These young people have been empowered to raise awareness of road safety issues with their schoolmates, and that’s going to be a big help to Solihull Council in cutting road casualties.”
Other schools taking part in the pilot include Windy Arbor J and I, Castle Bromwich Junior, Balsall Common Primary and St Andrew’s Catholic Primary.
For more information visit www.jrso.com.