Laxdale Primary learn about HGV blind spots

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A FIRST in the Western Isles, school kids at Laxdale Primary took part in a campaign to highlight the dangers of cycling near HGVs.

Primary 6s and 7s took part in the event on Tuesday 20th November which was organised by Active Schools and Bardon Hebrides. School kids took it in turns to sit in the drivers seat to give then an idea of drivers blind spots.

Local Police were also at the event to help highlight the importance of road safety when cycling as well as John MacRitchie from Bardon Hebrides.

John explained that you should never undertake a lorry whilst on the roads, or try to overtake them on your bike. He also highlighted that the campaign is not just aimed at children but anyone who cycles on the roads.

The campaign was devised by the Mineral Products Association (MPA) as part of its new Vulnerable Road User Safety Campaign.

It is hoped that by giving the cyclists an opportunity to experience visibility issues first hand from inside the cab of large goods vehicles and by finding out where to position themselves safely on the road in relation to vehicles accidents can be avoided.

The Children at Laxdale certainly enjoyed themselves and will now have a better understanding of what drivers can and can’t see when on the roads.

It is hoped that other events will be organised in schools throughout the islands.