Police deploy pop-up bairns in road safety initiative

Published 15 December 2017

Fife police have come up with another novel way to encourage safe and responsible driving in the Kingdom.

Building on the success of ‘Pop-Up Bob’ - the replica police officer holding a speed gun – ‘Pop-Up Bairns’ are the latest recruits to help keep children safe on the roads around schools.

Six cut-out child characters dressed in high-visibility uniforms will be deployed at Fife schools, as part of Operation Paramount, the Fife-wide road safety initiative,

Each character is holding a school crossing lollipop with the key safety messages of ‘Watch your speed’, ‘Think before you park’, ‘Don’t park on the zig zags’.

Pop up bairns

These matters are regularly raised in police engagement with schools, parents and children.

Chief Inspector Adrian Annandale, who coordinates Operation Paramount said: “I am delighted to launch this innovative idea in support of our ongoing partnership work to promote safe and responsible driving around our schools in Fife.

“The idea came from work done by Constable Susan Martin, Community Ward Officer stationed in Andrews.

“The mini recruits are eye-catching and we hope will promote discussion and encourage responsible driver behaviour where it is most needed.

“The first time they have been used in Scotland, the ‘Pop-Up Bairns’ will be deployed at schools in St Andrews, before being rolled out across the rest of Fife."

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