Edmonton Islamic Centre with Haringey Council hosted a ‘Road Family Safety Day’ featuring a presentation providing vital facts, figures and advice on road safety issues, along with a range of entertainment activities for a family fun day out.
The event was organised as part of a £110,000 government-funded project aimed at tackling the relatively higher rates of road traffic injuries among people living in more deprived areas.
Research by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine suggests that children from black African communities are over-represented in accident statistics. Haringey Council is therefore offering direct road safety information and advice to attendees at the Islamic centre, large numbers of whom come from some of the more deprived wards in Haringey and who represent a wide range of ethnic groups.
The use of the Islamic Centre in Edmonton for disseminating important information to the local community is a very encouraging development. It follows on from an earlier event held by the Haringey Council in the Wightman Road mosque.
Haringey’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Conservation, Cllr Brian Haley, said: “The number of casualties on Haringey’s roads is at its lowest ever recorded level. But all the data available to us shows some groups are far more likely to be killed or seriously injured in road accidents.
“We’re determined to try to address this. Our project at Wightman Road Mosque was really encouraging, and it’s great that so many people turned out for the family day at the Edmonton Islamic Centre.”
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