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Camden's pedestrian trainers receive Laurie Bunn Award

Monday 25th July 2011

The 2011 Laurie Bunn Road Safety Award was presented to Fiona La Crette and Bev Cain, Camden’s pedestrian skills trainers, for their work on the London borough’s Inequality Reduction Project.

The Laurie Bunn Award was initiated in 2003 as a way of marking the outstanding contribution he made to the LAPC (London Accident Prevention Council) and road safety in London.

Fiona and Bev coordinated a wide-ranging consultation with young people and parents on ‘attitudes to road risk’ and used the results to steer their work. This included providing feedback for the ‘Crossing Over’ drama by Clifford Oliver to ensure that the play addressed the points raised in the consultation.

The pair also coordinated an animation project at the 7 O’clock Club and South Camden Community School, through which two road safety DVDs were produced by children with a range of learning needs and backgrounds.

The judging panel was chaired by David Williams MBE, chief executive of GEM Motoring Assist, who said: “The judges had a very difficult task to pick out one scheme from the nine nominated. But the winner was a unanimous choice.

“With local government facing unprecedented financial restraints and staff undertaking a subsequent increase in workload it was very gratifying that so many road safety officers took the time and trouble to promote the Laurie Bunn Award.

“With each and every fatality on our roads costing the nation around £2 million, the need for effective road safety measures is greater than ever and the initiatives put forward all showed the dedication and professionalism that exists amongst road safety staff in London.”

For more information contact Mark Bunting on 020 8308 7875.

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Congratulations to Camden's pedestrian skills trainers for this excellent achievement. With all the cuts other councils are making to road safety teams it is commendable that at least one authority appreciates the dedication these RSOs have shown.
Linda Walsall

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