Safety messages unveiled

New signage . . . Lining up in front of the first of six road safety billboards showcasing the design talents of Clutha district pupils are (from left) CDC road safety co-ordinator Rachel Harrison, Balclutha Police schools community officer Constable Rochelle Gordon and South Otago High School pupils Nathan Findlater, Fraser McAtamney and Jessica Hollows. PHOTO: JOHN COSGROVE

The first of six road safety messages on billboards designed by Clutha school pupils has gone up in Balclutha.

Clutha District Council road safety co-ordinator Rachel Harrison said the Balclutha Police and the council launched a competition to design a road safety billboard late last year among the district’s high schools and area schools.

entries and chose our winners late last year. Now we have moved on to getting these in the ground and have started with the Balclutha billboard being erected at the Essex St park,

Designed by South Otago High School pupils Bonnie Shaw (15), Jessica Hollows (15) and Fraser McAtamney (15), it was a great reminder of the importance of wearing your safety belt, Mrs Harrison said.

The other five billboards would be put in place by contractors over the next few weeks, she said.

Milton will get “Tired. Stop. Rest” by Nathan Findlater (14), of SOHS, Lawrence will see “Stay alive, think, drive” by Amelia Patterson (12) and William Swanson (14), of Lawrence Area School, Owaka has the message “Don’t snap and drive”, designed by Bronte Williams (14) and Ebony Cooper (14), of The Catlins Area School, and Clinton gets “Take care, buckle your belt” by TCAS pupils Lauren Grant (16) and Dannielle Mason (14).

Kaitangata will soon get the same billboard as Balclutha.