Junior Road Safety Officers

Children in Milton Keynes are being asked to help keep our roads safe.

A new scheme's been launched, which makes some of the kids Junior Road Safety Officers - or JRSO for short.

School children in years five and six become the ambassadors and pass on road safety messages to their friends.

It's hoped there will eventually be JRSO's in every school in Milton Keynes.

They will have three main responsibilities which are:

  • Speaking in assemblies about road safety
  • Maintaining an exciting and informative road safety notice board
  • Running games and competitions on a road safety theme

Every school which signs up will get an information pack with road safety information and JRSO tabards for the children to wear.

Keith Wheeler, a Road Safety Officer at Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, told Heart:

"Peer education is quite important and it gets them all involved. It gives the Junior Road Safety Officers a little bit of responsibility to spread the message. They're very keen to. They're all volunteers."

9-year-old Emily Darling is a Junior Road Safety Officer at St Mary Magdalene Catholic Primary School in Greenleys. She told Heart the type of messages she wants to get across:

"I want them to know that they should walk to school as often as possible. In wet weather and foggy weather they should wear waterproof jackets and reflective clothing. I just want them to stay safe."