Traffic trouble tackled by Ilfracombe pupils

Police and Ilfracombe Junior School pupils with a speed gun outside their school during the road saf

Police and Ilfracombe Junior School pupils with a speed gun outside their school during the road safety awareness week. - Credit: Archant

Road safety awareness week with the police and other agencies has taken place at Ilfracombe Junior School.

PARKING problems outside Ilfracombe Junior School have been tackled by police in a week long operation.

Following concern by staff and parents, officers worked with the school, fire service and council enforcement staff during a road safety awareness week to try and improve the situation.

Events have included involving children in a speed check session, as well as class workshops plus creating a junior road safety officer scheme.

During the week police said they handed our four enforcement tickets, while one driver was reported for allegedly failing to stop for a police officer.

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“The idea behind the project has been simply to improve the safety for children outside the school gates through education and as a last resort enforcement,” said PC Nella Barker.

“This is a situation which will only improve when drivers who take their children to school in cars begin to make the decisions to use their cars responsibly and safely.

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“The vast majority of parents at the school have been really supportive. We are keen this should be viewed as an ongoing project and not a one off. The council allow free parking during drop off and pick up times at Oxford Grove car park. We have also been encouraging children to walk, cycle and scoot to school.”

Inspector Roger Bartlett added: “This has been a really great example of what can be achieved when different agencies and the young people of the town work together to solve a problem.”

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