South Ayrshire welcomes new JRSOs
Wed, 29 Oct 2014
Road safety was in the spotlight at County Buildings when 80 Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs) from primary schools across South Ayrshire met the Ayrshire Roads Alliance Road Safety Team to discuss their plans for the year ahead.
Two seminars were held to discuss the role of our JRSOs and the key part they play in improving road safety in the vicinity of their schools and amongst their peers.
The highly successful scheme sees P6 and P7 pupils being appointed as a JRSO and they are responsible for a number of initiatives including talking at assemblies on road safety topics, running competitions in school to raise awareness of the importance of road safety, ensuring their peers are informed about key road safety issues and maintaining the school notice board ensuring the road safety information is kept up to date.
Councillor John McDowall, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and Environment, attended the seminar and was impressed by the enthusiasm shown by the JRSOs.
He said: “This is an excellent initiative and I was delighted to welcome the new JRSOs, who are a fantastic group of young people, taking a really positive and proactive approach to promoting road safety.
“I’d like to thank each of the young people for their commitment to becoming a JRSO – a truly important and valuable role for them in their school and local community.
“I’m particularly looking forward to seeing a wealth of great ideas coming from all the JRSOs, which I’m sure will give us a difficult task when it comes to choosing the “JRSO School of the Year”, awarded to the school whose JRSOs go the extra mile to promote road safety, helping to keep themselves and others safe.”
The JRSO scheme has a dedicated website which is constantly being updated with games and competitions and much, much more. The site even includes a Members Area specifically designed for the JRSOs and, for more information log on here.