Local schools took part in a national road safety awareness event, the “Walking Bus” and joined the rest of the UK in attempting to set a new world record.
Over 1,000 pupils from three Stonehaven primary schools Dunnottar, Arduthie and Mill O’Forest joined the march at exactly 10am on Wednesday to highlight road safety at the same time as over 100,000 other school pupils across the UK. National charity Brake has organised the event and hopes the combined total number of pupils taking part across the country will mean a new world record will be achieved. The current record for the largest simultaneous Walking Bus in multiple locations by children stands at 119,697.
The children marched from their schools to Mineralwell Park, chanting “Twenty’s Plenty” and “We want safe drivers!”, complete with home-made signs about the safety of staying within speed limits and being responsible drivers on the road.
Aberdeenshire Area Manager Willie Munro, who attended the gathering in the park, said “the children have been part of something that is taking place all over the UK, and it is great to raise awareness to children of such an age of the problems of dangerous driving.” He added that he hoped it would encourage people to walk where possible, reduducing the number of cars on the road and helping the environment.
Stonehaven and Lower Deeside Councillor Wendy Agnew said “It is great to see all the children together and participating as one, learning but also attempting to set a new world record. The children should be proud.”
Vice chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Councillor Ron McKail, added “Road safety is a huge priority to the council and we are hugely supportive of any event which highlights this issue to communities.”
Highlighting road safety for children is especially important after The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents published this week that the number of children killed on Scotland’s roads increased between 2010 and 2011.