Holyrood students' bright ideas for road safety recognised

Chard & Ilminster News: THE runners-up from Holyrood Academy with Somerset County Council road safety manager Terry Beale and Cllr David Hall. THE runners-up from Holyrood Academy with Somerset County Council road safety manager Terry Beale and Cllr David Hall.

FIVE students from Holyrood Academy in Chard have been honoured for their bright ideas to improve road safety at an awards ceremony.

Sixth-formers Jon Simmons, Stephen Barnes, Ryan Churchill, Josh Keating and Tom Davison, all 18, came second in the Somerset County Council competition, which included producing a video presentation.

The council’s road safety team invited all secondary schools and sixth-forms to submit a project with the aim of reducing casualties on the road.

The Holyrood team were judged joint runners-up with Wellington School, behind winners Heathfield Community School, after designing purpose-built bike indicators for their campaign called TOAST.

They will share the second prize of £1,000 with Wellington.

Cllr David Hall, who presented the awards at County Hall in Taunton, said: “These students are the drivers of the future and I’m delighted to see them take such an interest in road safety.

“All three entries provided some really thought-provoking ideas which I hope will encourage road users to think more carefully about safety – both for themselves and others.

“The films carry some powerful messages and I would urge everyone to go online and see the winning presentations for themselves.”

To view the winning presentations visit: www.youtube.com/user/RoadSafetySomerset

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