Pupils learn of road safety issues
POLICE and local children have joined forces for a week of road safety in Bishops Tawton. The initiative, led by local Neighbourhood Beat Manager PC Glyn Clark, combined education projects and enforcement to highlight the use and the dangers of the A377
POLICE and local children have joined forces for a week of road safety in Bishops Tawton. The initiative, led by local Neighbourhood Beat Manager PC Glyn Clark, combined education projects and enforcement to highlight the use and the dangers of the A377 road through the village and how everyone can help to make it safer to use. This included two days when traffic was monitored at the start and end of the school days. A total of 40 vehicles were stopped for exceeding the speed limit. Advice was given to motorists stopped and one person was issued with a speeding ticket. One given a ticket for using a mobile phone while driving.The week also coincided with the village primary school's own travel awareness and healthy living week and the Devon Walk to School Week.PCSO Hannah Denton started the week with a "Be Safe, Be Seen" presentation at school assembly, explaining how to cross the road safely and other road safety advice.Next day PC Malcolm Kirk caught the attention of motorists in the morning rush hour with a flashing 30mph sign at the far end of the village and gave roadside advice about the dangers and consequences of speeding, both to the community and to motorists.Bishops Tawton Cub Scouts played their parts by joining PC Clark on an evening patrol, helping him with a speed trolley and raising awareness with road safety placards they had made. Meanwhile, PC Clark taught them about safe road crossing techniques and other road safety points, such as road signs. This will all go towards the Cub Scouts' safety badge, with a final test on road signs in two weeks' time.As part of the school's travel awareness and healthy living week youngsters took part in designing brochures, road safety, a traffic survey, a walk to identify 'danger spots,' and keeping fit. PC Clark and PCSO Denton patrolled the village by foot, encouraging the schoolchildren to take part in a Walk to School Day and promoting safe crossing of the road. Motorcyclists from the RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders delighted pupils when they took their bikes to school for children to look over, while also highlighting the dangers riders can face while on the road.The week-long programme ended on Friday with more education of motorists - and enforcement action for some!