School uniforms or school bags must carry some hi-vis reflective markings in order to prevent tragedy on our roads.
The call has come from local councillors who have urged parents to ensure their children are safe when making the journey to and from school.
Sinn Fein councillor Sheamus Greene noted that with the reduced light in the evenings the need for reflective markings on the children was crucial.
“I appeal to parents at the very least buy school bags with high visibility markings. If it is not on the blazers make sure at least it is on the school bags.”
Party colleague Stephen Huggett echoed Mr Greene’s views.
“Do we need to be reminded of the tragedy of Florencecourt. Two children were killed after getting off the bus walking towards home. That poor woman has got to live with that for the rest of her life.”
UUP councillor Rosemary Barton stated that many primary schools did not have official school blazers and asked was there any way in which the council could supply hi-vis armbands to the younger children.
Acting Chief Executive Robert Gibson said he would take the matter to the PCSP and discuss it.
Mr Greene commended councillor Barton on her idea, but said this could lead to problems.
“Unfortunately kids being kids it will end up lost or they don’t wear it. At least they always have their school bag with them.”
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