The final of the City Council’s annual Road Safety Quiz will take place at the Djanogly Academy Theatre this Thursday (April 30).
More than 13,000 school children from 74 schools across the city – almost all primary school children in the city – have taken part in the quiz heats. The Road Safety team works with schools, using the quiz and related resources as a fun and interactive way to help Key Stage Two pupils learn about road safety for drivers, pedestrians and cycle users and how to cope with a variety of traffic situations when out and about.
The top ten scoring schools will compete at the Grand Final for the coveted Road Safety Quiz silver trophy, watched by an audience of parents, teachers and invited guests. There will be 80 students taking part, representing Dunkirk Primary, Snape Wood Primary, Glenbrook Primary, South Wilford Endowed CE VA, Blessed Robert Widmerpool Catholic Academy, Welbeck Primary, Warren Primary Academy, Middleton Primary, Fernwood Federation Juniors and Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Catholic Primary Academy schools.
The quiz also helps the City Council monitor the knowledge levels of children and suggests possible ways to provide information and training to reduce risks. This will help to reduce future casualty rates and the number of avoidable injuries on Nottingham’s roads – especially important for children who travel independently. Latest figures show that all casualties in Nottingham have fallen dramatically between 2000 and 2013, from 1856 to 1137, with those resulting in deaths or serious injuries down from 273 to 118, and serious and fatal child casualties falling from 64 to 15.
The quiz final is sponsored by Morgan Tucker, Consulting Engineers, and the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Ian Malcolm, will award prizes to all of the children taking part, and present the trophy to the winning school.
Steve Hunt, head of traffic Safety, said: “The Road Safety Quiz has been running for many years now and it’s proved a really successful way of engaging young children in the city and to get them thinking about how to stay safe on our roads. It undoubtedly plays a part in the significant reduction in child casualties we have seen since 2000. It gives a good grounding to the lifelong learning required to be a safe road user of the future, as a pedestrian, cyclist or vehicle user.”