WREXHAM has been praised for its effort in training children in road safety awareness.
The county borough featured prominently in the Welsh Assembly Government’s independent report into KerbCraft (child pedestrian training for four- and five-year-olds) in Wales.
In 2007/2008, 711 children in Year One were trained under the KerbCraft scheme in Wrexham.
This represented 70% of the total year group – the second highest in the country.
In total, 22 schools in the area were given training.
All pupils were given training in “Choosing Safe Places and Routes to Cross the Road” and “Crossing Safely at Parked Cars”.
The first involves helping children recognise the dangers and hazards while crossing the road and identifying alternative crossing places.
The latter teaches children how to use a safe strategy for crossing near parked cars – when avoiding them is impossible.
KerbCraft is a national strategy for child pedestrian safety, financed by the Welsh Assembly Government.
It teaches children how to be safer pedestrians by taking them on to real roads and showing them how the right decision-making and behaviour can really help them to keep safe.
The children are taken out of school by trained volunteers, in groups of no more than three where they learn these key skills.
No fewer than 904 volunteers were engaged in the service across Wales, with 120 volunteers taking part in Wrexham.
Cllr David Bithell, lead member for Environment and Transport said: “KerbCraft is a great way of teaching children how to be safe on our roads. The training they receive makes a real difference. These latest figures from the Welsh Assembly Government show Wrexham is fully committed to training children and making them safer pedestrians.
“I’d also like to thank the volunteers who gave up their own time to make this happen.”
The report also revealed that Wales has the lowest child pedestrian fatality rate in the UK.
Child pedestrian fatalities fell 68% to 0.4 in every 100,000 between 1997-2006.