Parents should make sure children can be seen on roads

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From: Gill Driver, Grassington.

I READ the articles “Parents worry more about child’s road safety than ‘stranger danger’’’ and “Near-death experience of mobile menace” in your paper (The Yorkshire Post, May 14) with interest.

Prior to my first letter regarding the wearing of high-vis jackets as a result of passing cyclists wearing dark colours, I had already been into our local school to point out the dangers to children walking and cycling to school. I had followed a child on a cycle wearing dark green and black with no lights on a dull, drizzly morning. I was prompted to stop when it was safe to do so and gave him my high-vis jacket and made him promise to wear it until his parents could buy one the right size.

A couple of weeks later, I followed a child on my side of the road with his back to the oncoming traffic, no pavement, although there was one on the other side of the road, and with a car coming in the opposite direction. Had I been driving a lorry of which there are many on the Grassington to Skipton road, he would have been in serious danger. I was assured by the school something would be said in assembly but I do believe that parents also have a responsibility.

The use of mobile phones and earphones had not occurred to me as a hazard because I had not yet encountered it, but I really can appreciate the effect the incident had on Andrew Vine.

Yes, I support Sustrans Campaign for Safer Streets and, yes, I think it is time Tufty the Squirrel and the Green Cross Man were updated.

From: ME Wright, Grove Road, Harrogate.

EVERY sympathy to Andrew Vine (The Yorkshire Post, May 13) on his near miss with yet another mobile phone addict.

At least she had the good grace to apologise.

I recently witnessed a similar incident, in which the yapoholic was also clutching one of 
those other “cool” fashion statements, a carton of overpriced coffee.

She dropped this and berated the hapless, blameless driver!

From: Peter Hyde, Kendale View, Driffield.

SADLY, in the hands of many, mobile phones are becoming a nuisance. How many of us, when travelling, are subjected to having puerile and repetitive conversations thrust upon us? While travelling on the park-and- ride in York, I was obliged to sit next to a young female who talked on her phone as she got on the bus and continued a repetitive conversation, and was even getting off the bus without missing a beat.