GALLERY: Lorry safety at Thomas Eaton in Wimblington

Thomas Eaton School in Wimblington- Held a road safety event in conjunction with Iceland.They bought

Thomas Eaton School in Wimblington- Held a road safety event in conjunction with Iceland.They bought an artic lorry on site to show the children just what the driver can and more importantly cannot see in his mirrors. Year one pupils with the Iceland lorry. Picture: Steve Williams - Credit: Archant

Youngsters from Thomas Eaton Primary School in Wimblington were taught about road safety in a special morning event run in conjunction with the community police team and a local supermarket.

A lorry from Iceland drew up outside the school to teach children about the importance of giving lorries plenty of room and to teach children about the dangers of blind spots around a large vehicle.

The event was organised by Community Police officers Carol Holloway and Sally Mitchell as part of a varied programme of road safety events that they hold within schools.

Pupils in each year were shown around and inside the vehicle to see just how little visibility the driver has from the cab when pedestrians are directly in front and to the side of the cab.

Sally said: “I think this will give a good idea how much distance they need to be before the driver would notice they are even there.

“The village does have a lot of haulage companies using the roads through the village so could be a good exercise for the students.”

During the road safety morning the driver showed how when using his wing mirrors he would not be able to see children if they were close to the vehicle at the back or sides.

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They were also taught not to try to retrieve any item if it rolled underneath a parked lorry.

The event was arranged with the Cambridgeshire Police community support police officers, acting head teacher Jade Betts and the Iceland supermarket community team.

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