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Published 8th Apr 2011

The new road safety signs

Primary school pupils in Middlesbrough are using their artistic talents to make local roads safer.

Park End Community Council asked local schoolchildren to design signs welcoming motorists to the area - and asking them to drive carefully.

The Community Council’s team of judges then had the hard task of picking a winner from a great crop of entries.

The winning signs were designed by Rhianna Smith and Georgia Warren, both aged 10 and pupils at St Pius X RC Primary School.

The girls will this week receive their prize when the signs – paid for from the Community Council’s small Environment budget - are unveiled.

One sign will be at the corner of Sandringham Road and Ormesby Road and the other at the junction of Ladgate Lane and Overdale Road.

Valerie Gibson, a community worker with STEM (Safer Together in East Middlesbrough) who sits on the community council, said: “Our schoolchildren are the future of the town, so it’s great that they should be playing an important role in making it a better place to live.

“It was important to us that the signs reflected the area - lively and family-friendly but with an important message about helping keep our area safe.

“The girls’ designs summed this up and are a welcome new feature to our area.

“It’s nice to think their winning entries will be enjoyed by local people for many years to come, and will play a part in keeping accidents and injuries on our roads to a minimum.”

Middlesbrough Council Road Safety Officer Lynn Hepworth added: “Our roads are safer than they’ve ever been, but that’s no reason to be complacent.

“The dedication and imagination show by all those who took part in the competition was truly impressive.”

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