Youth speaking up about road safety in a creative way

The Ashburton District Council Annual Road Safety Calendar Competition is underway.

Each year Council holds a competition for all budding artists in the district between the ages of 4-14 years old. Winning artists will have their art work published in the 2016 road safety calendar, as well as other prizes.

For those who are keen to submit an entry, the artwork needs to be based around the issues of speed and driving to the conditions. They can be as colourful and creative as participants would like them to be, as long as they are on an A4 landscape.

Project Officer Rachael Boyd says that the calendar competition is an opportunity for young people in the Ashburton District to speak up about road safety issues in a creative way.

"Young people understand the dangers involved in speeding past schools, not wearing their seatbelts, not drinking and driving, and other key road safety messages," Mrs Boyd says.

"This is a very tangible way for them to get their thoughts and images across to their friends and family in a creative way.  Hopefully the messages will remain with them when they become drivers."

Mrs Boyd says with this week being Road Safety Week and the theme – look out for kids – it is a reminder to all road users to slow down and take extra care around schools, parks and playgrounds.

"Everyone – pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and drivers – need to look out for children."

The calendar competition runs until 30 June 2015 and entry forms are available from here or at reception.

Each winning artist will receive a book voucher, along with copies of the calendar for their friends and family. The calendar will be available from October from Council's reception area.

Page reviewed: 06 May 2015 11:24am