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Halesworth pupils learn about road safety as part of national initiative

PUBLISHED: 06:45 24 December 2014

Pupils from Edgar Sewter Primary School, Halesworth, learn about tanker deliveries at Hammonds garage.

Pupils from Edgar Sewter Primary School, Halesworth, learn about tanker deliveries at Hammonds garage.

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JET's AW&D Hammond forecourt in Halesworth was opened to pupils from the Edgar Sewter Primary School in the town as part of Road Safety Week - a national road safety initiative run by Brake.

Children from Ringsfield Primary School have enjoyed a visit from the fire brigadeChildren from Ringsfield Primary School have enjoyed a visit from the fire brigade

JET, a long-standing supporter of the national charity, rebranded four of its fuel tankers for the duration of the Road Safety Week to help raise road safety awareness.

The tanker – which was designed to look transparent and featured Dudley the Duck, JET’s road safety mascot – made a visit to Hammonds as part of its routine fuel deliveries.

The delivery driver from Suckling Transport, Darren Dedman, performed an official delivery audit before answering a whole host of questions from the Edgar Sewter pupils.

Suckling’s Transport Safety Managers and Louise Hammond, manager of Hammonds, then held a tough question and answer with Year 5 pupils at the school.

Ms Hammond said: “It was fantastic to engage the schoolchildren in important safety messages in a way that was interactive and fun for them.

“Both on the forecourt and when we went into the school for the Q&A session, the children posed some excellent questions considering most of them are just nine years old!

“From questions on loading and delivery, through to the importance of design in driving efficiency and health and safety, it was clear that they had thought a lot about safety when delivering fuel.”

Pupils from Edgar Sewter and five other local primary schools also received JET/Brake Road Safety Week goodie bags to help them keep road safety front of mind.

Safety has also been the theme of the week for the children at Ringsfield Primary School, with activities ranging from road safety to e-safety.

In both the nursery and reception classes the children have also had a ‘people who help us theme’, which culminated in a visit from the fire brigade. The firemen arrived in their fire engine and the children were given the chance to look at the equipment, sit in the driver’s seat and even squirt the hose.

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