A campaign to get drivers travelling at 20 mph instead of 30 mph around schools has received backing from a local Mid Norfolk MP and national road safety charity, Brake.
Parents from the town of Yaxham in Norfolk has been the catalyst to start the campaign and MP George Freeman is now hoping to take the crusade on a national level. Concerns about children walking to Yaxham primary School started when parents said they were taking their children to school for short distance in the car because they were worried about road safety and they also reported several near misses of road accidents.
By way of tackling the problem, some of the parents have now organised a ‘walking bus’ where pupils are dropped off at the local town hall and are walked to school supervised and wearing high-visibility jackets. Mr Freeman said that Yaxham has a ‘real problem’ with increasing levels of traffic, adding: “All the evidence shows the difference between 20mph and 30mph is enormous in terms of braking speed and the potential injury from an accident.”
Speed Reducing Measures Could save Millions Says MP
The MP believes that the new proposals are straight forward enough for everyone from throughout the country to understand and appreciate and he also said that a new law would save millions of pounds from local authorities having to spend money on implementing speed reducing processes.
Mark Ward, who is the Assistant Head Teacher at the school said that a major accident would traumatise the whole community. He said: “We all need to act now before it’s too late, regardless of economic cost, before an innocent child pays the ultimate price.”
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