Medway Pupils will be bright and be seen this winter

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News from Medway Matters 

Thousands of pupils in Medway are to receive special reflective tags to help them be seen in the dark on their journey to school.

As the dark nights and mornings draw in, Medway Council’s Safer Journeys Officers will deliver the tags to pupils.

The tags, funded by Public Health, can be attached to backpacks, bags or on clothing, helping make children visible in headlights up to 150m sooner and it makes children up to 15 times more visible in daylight.

The initiative comes as schools took part in two challenges to encourage more pupils to walk to school.

The Hedgehog Hiker Challenge for primary schools and Social Netwalk Challenge for secondary schools saw pupils try and rack up as many walks to school as possible with prizes for the most walks recorded.

Medway Council’s Principal Road Safety Officer James Sutton, said: “We continually encourage more children to walk to school and for mum and dad to ditch the car on the school run, we want to ensure that youngsters are always seen.

“Wearing reflective tags is an easy way to help our children be spotted by motorists.”

For more information contact Road Safety Team by telephone: 01634 331710 or by email: travel.safety@medway.gov.uk or go to www.medway.gov.uk/roadsandpavements/roadsafety/travellingtoschoolsafely.aspx

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