Truck rolls in to deliver safety message to pupils

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CHILDREN at Westgate Primary School,in Bury St Edmunds, were given a valuable safety message when a 44 tonne truck rolled in to visit them.

DHL takes part in the Trucks and Child Safety programme which teaches young children about the dangers around large vehicles.

Pupils were shown what drivers can and cannot see in their mirrors, how loud the engine can be, how children can stay safe around the vehicle and where to stand on the pavement when a vehicle is passing.

They were also given safety advice on what to do if their football runs under a truck and told that it is difficult for a driver inside a cab to hear a child.

Rob Day, from DHL in Bury, who visited the school with colleague Phil Jarvis, said: “Young children need to understand that they are small and trucks are huge. If a driver cannot see or hear them he won’t know they are on the road. If we can avoid one child being killed or seriously injured on the roads by giving these demonstrations then the whole thing is worth it.”