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Children teach parents about car safety

Firefighter and parent, Darren Gough, and Queensway School have joined forces to help launch a seat belt and booster seat safety campaign to educate parents, through their children, of the dangers of not securing their child safely in a car and the legal implications.

The campaign focused on Year 4 children because this is the age group (8-9 year olds) when parents tend to stop using booster seats and seat belts correctly.

There was much excitement in school when the partnership between Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service, Thames Valley Police, Prodrive Ltd, Halfords and Queensway School hit the BBC and Sky news!  We were also broadcast on local station, Radio Oxford.  

As part of the campaign, pupils from Queensway helped decorate a model Aston Martin Racing GTE created by Prodrive's Les Irwin, that would help indicate whether they required a booster seat.  Pupils also designed a safety information leaflet (which included money off vouchers from Halfords for a booster/safety seat) and as part of the project, were shown a seat belt demonstrator that dramatically illustrates the dangers of not wearing the correct seatbelt.  

Cllr Judith Heathcoat, Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Communities, said "This is the perfect opportunity to educate parents, through their children, about the importance of using booster seats and seat belts correctly.  The fact that the children are leading this campaign is the right concept as I'm sure that the message to parents coming from their own children will have a more lasting effect."

Well done to all those Year 4 children involved in this campaign....an excellent community project!