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Bright children on the Twilight Trail

Children from Aqua class took part in a Twilight Trail organised by Cornwall Council road safety at Falmouth Primary School last week. By the end of the event they were able to show that they understood the importance of being seen by drivers at night, and that they knew the difference between fluorescent and retro-reflective materials.

As a reward the children were served up a tasty snack and then led on a magical tour around the sparkling school grounds which the road safety team had decorated with reflective owls, hedgehogs, stars and planets.

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To show that the message had well and truly taken root, the children completed questionnaires before and after the event. Class teacher Hannah Johnson said “This is a great way to teach such an important safety message. The children can clearly see how reflective materials can help to keep them safe”.

Sadly it's a message that adults would also do well to heed. Last year in Cornwall 3 adult pedestrians were killed in collisions with vehicles during the hours of darkness.

So whether you're an adult or a child it's a good idea to carry or wear something bright when out walking or cycling at night. Retro reflective strips or piping on clothing direct light back from drivers' headlights making the wearer much more visible from greater distances.

Story posted 28 November 2012

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