At the forefront of road safety

PC Jami Blythe with representatives of Brake Road Safety Minister Robert Goodwill.

PC Jami Blythe with representatives of Brake Road Safety Minister Robert Goodwill.

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A Northumbria Police officer has received a national award recognising her exceptional contribution to engaging children and communities with life-saving road-safety messages.

Motor patrols officer PC Jami Blythe was presented with the Educator of the Year Award at road-safety charity Brake’s annual reception at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday night, supported by Direct Line. The event marked the beginning of Brake’s 20th anniversary year. Jami is the lead for Northumbria Police’s Road Sense, Common Sense project, working directly with schools across the region. The project delivers road safety-themed lessons, sending children home with important messages to their parents about how they can keep them, and other road users, safe.

As part of the project, Northumbria Police ran a video competition with schools across the region. The schools created videos around the Look out for each other theme of Road Safety Week 2014 – coordinated by Brake – and hosted an awards evening for the winners during Road Safety Week itself.

As well as leading on Northumbria Police’s road-safety education work, Jami has been an active supporter of Brake’s work in other ways, including cycling across Death Valley in the USA to raise money for the charity, and coordinating an outstanding launch event for Road Safety Week in the North East.

Philip Goose, senior community engagement officer, Brake, said: “Jami Blythe and Northumbria Police have gone above and beyond to put road-safety education and engagement at the centre of their work to help save lives on our roads.

“The Road Sense, Common Sense project is an outstanding example of how local and regional organisations can engage children with road safety in a creative way. We are very grateful for her hard work and dedication, which we hope she will continue in the future, and are delighted to recognise her efforts with this award.”

PC Jami Blythe said: “I am very proud to receive this award, which is also testament to the hard work of Becky Frankel and Violet Atkinson, who have been a massive inspiration for me.

“Road Sense, Common Sense forms part of Northumbria Police’s far-reaching Operation Dragoon, aimed at tackling dangerous driving in the region. Educating young people is being embedded in our road-safety work – last year, this year, and next – and we will continue to work with Brake to reach this vital audience.”