THOUSANDS of youngsters are getting the message about road safety thanks to an awareness campaign jointly funded by the Teesside Health Action Zone and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council.

The council employs two instructors, Tracee Hall-Young and Dan Fisher, to go to schools across the borough and teach pupils about cycle and pedestrian safety.

Council road safety officer Mike Hall originally set a first-year target of teaching 725 youngsters but, almost a year after the scheme was launched, more than 3,000 children at more than 40 schools have completed the training.

Mr Hall said: "It is my ambition for every child who goes to a primary school in Redcar and Cleveland to have some form of pedestrian and cycling safety training."

The scheme is taking a break for holidays but in September will be developing courses on scooter training and infant cycling.