South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership
  09 Jul 2019Pupils take a walk down Ghost Street

Halloween may still be months away but young people have taken a trip down Ghost Street as part of a hard-hitting workshop from South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership (SYSRP).

Featuring young people who have been killed in a collision, Ghost Street is an interactive video that tests 12-year-olds’ awareness about dangers on the road.

This week it was the turn of year eight students who visited Lifewise in Hellaby, Rotherham, to take a walk down Ghost Street as part of a day of personal safety sessions.

Joanne Wehrle, SYSRP manager, said: “Ghost Street is hard-hitting because it has to be.

“Statistics show a spike in the number of children at this age involved in collisions and traffic is the biggest cause of accidental death for 12 to 16-year-olds.

 “Through Ghost Street, we want to ensure that young people understand basic road safety and use it every day.”

Ghost Street features a cyclist killed after not wearing a helmet, a skateboarder without appropriate clothing and a pregnant woman who was not wearing her seatbelt.

Topics include the green cross code, the dangers of distractions, what to do in the ‘golden hour’ after a collision and staying alert at all times.

“The message we give to pupils is that you can always fix your hair, but you can’t fix a brain injury if you’re in a collision and you’re not wearing a helmet,” added Joanne.

“We want them to realise that mobile phones are one of the biggest distractions that could lead to them being involved in a collision while crossing the road.

“It’s all about recognising dangerous behaviour and asking young people to think of the serious consequences.”

Ghost Street’s Top 10 key survival skills:

  • Give the road your full attention, even if you’re with a group of friends. Look out for each other.

  • Don’t use your mobile phone at all while you’re crossing.

  • Listening to music while crossing the road is distracting – you won’t be able to concentrate properly or hear the traffic.

  • It’s safer to use a pedestrian crossing – don’t take chances.

  • Always wear a helmet- half of all injuries to cyclists are to the head and face.

  • Wear light-coloured clothing – fluorescent by day and reflective by night is best.

  • Ensure your bike has reflectors and working lights.

  • When you’re in a car, make sure you wear your seatbelt.

  • You’re twice as likely to survive car crash if you take two seconds to put your seatbelt on.

  • One driver wearing a seatbelt dies every week because the passenger behind them didn’t wear one.

Ghost Street was developed by Newcastle City Council and is one of a series of educational sessions delivered by SYSRP.

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