THE winner of South Lanarkshire Council's annual Road Safety Calendar Competition has been announced.

Louise Bradley from St Anthony's Primary School, Rutherglen, won the overall prize for her innovative design: No Gaming, No Texting, While Crossing.

She receives £100, an individual trophy and her painting will be used as the illustration for the 2015 South Lanarkshire Road Safety Calendar. St Anthony's Primary School hold the Calendar Competition trophy for a year.

Louise said: "I am absolutely delighted to have won the competition this year.

"I had a chat with my dad about my idea and then designed it from scratch by myself. It took me about two hours to complete it.

Chairman of South Lanarkshire Council's Roads Safety Forum, Councillor Graham Simpson, said: "Each year the standard of entries just seems to get better and better.

"It was very difficult to pick an overall winner but Louise's design just had that extra eye catching appeal that ensured it was well deserving of this year's award.

"During the judging process all the names are kept confidential so there is no way of knowing who has produced what design.

"I would like to thank every pupil in each school who took part in this year's Calendar Competition.

"Their support and help ensures that the Road Safety Calendar Competition remains such a success.

"I would also like to thank the police and Norbert Detressangle for their time in helping us to judge the competition. Norbert Detressangle and Global Logistics should also be thanked for their help in funding the event."

Around 14,000 children from 97 schools throughout South Lanarkshire took part in this year's competition. Teachers were asked to send in the best five entries in each year category from their school, resulting in 2760 entries to South Lanarkshire Council's Road Safety Team.

These entries where whittled down by the Road Safety Team and a judging panel of councillors, council officials, police and representatives from Norbert Detressangle and Global Logistics, who then picked the top three in each category.

Primary 1 and 2 pupils' designs had to be based on Stopping at the Kerb, for P3/4 the theme was Safe Places to Cross, for P5/6 it was Seatbelts, for P7 it was Mobile Phones and for secondary pupils it was Pedestrians and Large Vehicles.