Safety first is message from pupils

John Paul II Primary
John Paul II Primary

Pupils from two primary schools in Motherwell and Viewpark have won awards recognising their contribution to road safety.

A team from John Paul II Primary School in Viewpark finished runners-up in the North Lanarkshire Junior Road Safety Officers Team of the Year competition.

St Bernadette's Primary

St Bernadette's Primary

And third place in the competition, run by North Lanarkshire Council’s Safe and Sustainable Travel Team, went to St Bernadette’s Primary, Motherwell. Overall winners were St Stephen’s Primary, Coatbridge.

All the pupils taking part were JRSOs who, during the last year, have worked together to improve the safety of others at their 

The John Paul II Primary team comprised Julie Henderson (co-ordinator), Charlai McKee, Thomas Baird, Gemma Wilson and Max Queen while the St Bernadette’s team was made up of Pamela Purdue (co-ordinator), Casey Patterson and Jonathan Sneddon.

Councillor Stephanie Griffin, vice-convener of the council’s planning and transportation committee, said: “All our JRSOs work very hard throughout the year to raise awareness of the importance of road safety among their school community, and it’s wonderful to recognise their efforts through these awards.

“Their work helps give young children basic knowledge and skills to be safe on their journeys to and from school, as well as making parents aware of issues like safe parking near 

“I would like to congratulate our winning teams and all the JRSOs across North Lanarkshire for their enthusiasm and commitment to road safety.”

Lynn Briggs, commercial manager of competition sponsor Amey Roads North Lanarkshire, added: “Amey are delighted to be the proud sponsors of the Junior Road Safety Officer 

“At Amey, our operatives work on the North Lanarkshire Council road network and our priority is to ensure we keep people safe every day. Amey commit to zero harm for our employees, our contractors and members of the public.

“On behalf of Amey I would like to say a big thank you for all your hard work in raising awareness of road safety – please keep it