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Tuesday, 20 November 2012 (3032828)
Car given electric reception!
by David Simister

YOUNGSTERS at one school got a shock last week when a futuristic electric car showed them just how important looking before crossing the road is.

This Mia electric van, made in France, paid a visit to St Thomas' Junior School in Lydiate to show pupils there just how quiet the increasing number of zero emissions cars are, meaning it is more important than ever for them to look at traffic in the road rather than hearing it.

Joe Morris, from the Travel Awareness and Road Safety team, said: “The demonstration has been very useful to show the children that in future, when there are more electric and hybrid vehicles around, they must be more vigilant when crossing the road as they may not be able to hear them.

 ”Wearing headphones listening to music near the road puts people at greater risk and if we can make people aware of this at a young age, then hopefully this will prevent accidents and save lives in years to come.“

The visits, run by Sefton Council's Travel Awareness and Road Safety team, highlighted how children's concentration is affected when using a mobile phone or listening to music.

The vehicle also paid a visit to Forefield Juniors Primary School, in Crosby.


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