A new pedestrian controller and crossing system is being funded and installed by Siemens for safety education charity SafeWise.
It’s aimed to helpreduce the number of people killed or injured in preventable accidents on the roads, in the home or at play through making safe and healthy choices.
Helping visitors to the interactive education centre gain valuable experience of crossing the road in a controlled and safe environment, the RoadWise project based in SafeWise at Weymouth, extends an existing relationship with the award-winning LV=Streetwise safety centre in Bournemouth where a similar installation funded by Siemens is already in place.
The new equipment includes the latest push buttons incorporating audible and tactile indicators, a key benefit for interactive safety training for a wide range of people including children, the elderly, families and home owners. On behalf of Siemens, Gary Winstanley, Operations Director, said: ‘Raising awareness of everyday safety and good citizenship is high on the company’s agenda and through our long standing association with SafeWise we can help more local people benefit from the latest technology to be found in many towns and cities across the country. With the help of a modern pedestrian crossing system, the training experience at both centres can accurately reflect ‘real-life’ and help increase the level of road safety awareness for visitors of every age’.
For SafeWise, Chief Executive Alison Shelton commented: ‘Our safety centres’ unique life-sized environments help people to spot the potential for danger, learn about risk and consequence and how to take responsibility for their actions – all in an interactive yet safe and controlled environment. We are delighted that Siemens’ generous support has extended to RoadWise as the pedestrian crossing at LV= Streetwise is a memorable and firm favourite amongst all our visitors. Siemens is genuinely helping to protect our communities from danger and enable a safer quality of life.’