Aid given during Road Safety Week

Creature comforts . . . Clutha District Council road safety coordinator Rachel Harrison presents Balclutha St John’s Stu Holgate with a batch of soft toys to help emergency services comfort youngsters. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Clutha District Council marked Road Safety Week last week with a round of support to services tasked with looking after people on local streets and highways.

Council road safety coordinator Rachel Harrison toured the offices of Balclutha police, St John and Fire and Emergency New Zealand, presenting them with squads of CDC soft toys.

‘‘Road Safety Week is a celebration of our road safety heroes.

‘‘Our emergency services are regularly coming to the aid of vulnerable young people and appreciate being able to give them something to help them cope in incredibly stressful situations,’’ Mrs Harrison said.

‘‘We’ve also presented koha to the traffic safety teams at our schools and organised road traffic stops with Balclutha police to hand out some cool gifts to our local drivers.’’

She said high-visibility vests would be be available at council service centers in Owaka, Tapanui, Lawrence, Balclutha, and Milton for walkers and workers who needed to be out and about in the dark.

There was also an exciting project in the works with Clutha District Youth Council and Students Against Drunk Driving.

‘‘We are working on a short video-film,’’ Mrs Harrison said.

‘‘It’s great to see young people enthusiastic about using their media creativity to make an educational tool for road safety.’’