this topic may run and run!
I remember the visits
by the Police Road Safety Unit, probably
at the end of the summer term in the early
1960s, to the original Blackhall Primary
School at the end of Queen's Road in
Blackhall. The school was demolished & replaced with retirement
flats a good few years ago."
Presentation to the
there was a talk (of which I remember nothing!)
and then, in the playground,
the policemen would roll out white lines to mark out kerbs.
A cardboard cutout of a child was
tucked under the far 'kerb'
with a length of string attached, a police car was accelerated
down the “road”, the string was pulled, the car locked its brakes
and slid into the cardboard cutout.
The whole exercise was then repeated
with a police motorbike which would skid much further with the
back wheel locked. Inevitably the cardboard cutout always came off
Tony Jones, Edinburgh:
July 10, 2014