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Last Updated: Tuesday April 25 2006 13:43 GMT

Invention helps kids' road safety

Kids model the design
Kids going on school trips could be a lot safer in the future thanks to an invention by a primary school teacher.

Elaine Stephen - who teaches at Buchanhaven School in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire - has come up with the Walkodile, which keeps kids together.

They wear brightly-coloured vests and hold on to a flexible rod with handrails, meaning no-one goes missing.

Several schools have already trialled the invention and it's hoped 500 of them will be made in the summer.

Stand out

If successful, the design could be used throughout Britain and beyond.

Mrs Stephen said: "It is so hard to protect young children - they blend in with the crowd.

"I thought it would be great to have something that would make them stand out."

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