Monday, 14 February 2011
The importance of children being seen by drivers at night is the focus of a new Thurrock Council initiative.
Twilight Trails is a new scheme to Thurrock aiming to educate children in a fun and interactive way, about the importance of wearing fluorescent and reflective clothing to ensure they are visible to road users.
The council's Road Safety team worked with the Junior Road Safety Officers in Orsett Primary School, School Lane, in the planning of Thurrock's very first Twilight Trail (Tuesday, 8 February).
Year 3 students - and their parents - went on the Trail wearing reflective tabards to make them visible.
They walked around a dark area of the school with nothing to show them the way but a torch and lots of reflective items which were concealed in hedges, trees and the undergrowth.
The students had to count how many reflective items they could find using their torches.
Members of the Road Safety team were on hand to explain how the torches caused the reflective material to shine, in the same way a reflector would shine when caught in a vehicle's headlight - helping drivers to see them on the road.
All the children that took part received a Hector Ghost pack which included fluorescent and reflective stickers and key rings and also a ghostly white coat to help them reflect in the driver's headlamps.
The evening ended back in the school with hot chocolate.