T-shirts are fitting way to back road- safety campaign

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A HUCKNALL councillor has literally come up with a bright idea as part of a campaign to save children from becoming victims of road accidents.

As reported in a front-page story last month, Coun Ian Morrison, a Labour member of Ashfield District Council, has launched a campaign to protect youngsters and promote road safety.

It was in response to a petition launched by residents to make Washdyke Lane in Hucknall safe.

This followed an accident involving six-year-old Lara Arnold, who suffered a broken leg in a collision with a car while she was crossing the road in June.

At almost exactly the same spot, 17-year-old Daniel Banks was killed when he too was in collision with a car six years ago.

Washdyke Lane is regarded as a big danger spot because it runs next to a popular children’s play area.

Now, as part of the initiative, Coun Morrison distributed vivid red T-shirts — carrying the message ‘slow, children at play’ — to be worn by children of Hucknall’s Washdyke Lane and George Street areas.

Coun Morrison says he is planning to discuss his campaign with Ashfield Council’s Labour Group.

He added: “I would like full support for an initiative to promote road-safety awareness in schools, perhaps leading to annual proficiency courses.

“This could also lead to basic first-aid tuition, which can obviously prove very beneficial.”

Coun Morrison said strong backing had come from Hucknall police chief, Insp Nick Butler, who had supplied road safety videos and booklets.

“He has also pledged to assist us with the school visits,” said Coun Morrison. “I would also like to see Ashfield Council sponsor a road-safety competition.

“I think road safety is something which the council needs to focus on much more actively.”

Coun Mick Murphy, a Hucknall Conservative member of Notts County Council, has said he is in favour of any action to make Washdyke Lane safer — and the Dispatch is strongly supporting the initiative.

n OUR PHOTO shows local residents sporting the road-safety t-shirts