DON’T be surprised to see spots before your eyes this week as over 20,000 fluorescent reflective orange spots are being handed out to children across Solihull s part of a Council road safety campaign to keep them ‘safe and seen.’
All of Solihull’s primary and special schools as well as Council run nurseries will be taking part in Solihull Council’s annual ‘Spot On!’ campaign which launches on Friday, October 23.
As part of the campaign, each child will receive an orange spot to stick to their school bag on Friday so that they will be more easily seen by drivers as they return to school after the clocks go back on Sunday, October 25.
Officers from the Council have also been visiting schools across the borough to remind children about the importance of road safety.
Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, Councillor Ted Richards said: “It is vitally important that young people can be clearly seen during the darker winter months. We want as many children as possible to be able to walk or cycle to school safely, and it’s fantastic that 100% of schools are taking part.
Our message to parents and young people is: Be safe. Be seen. Be Spot On.”
The Council’s top tips for parents are:
* Talk to your child about the importance of being seen, especially at night, on dark days and in bad weather.
* Bright and fluorescent clothes show up best by day – remember, fluorescent clothing doesn’t work after dark.
* By night, reflective material is best and shows up in car headlights.
* When cycling, it is essential that your child’s bike is equipped with a white front light, a red back light and a red reflector at the back.