Youngsters raise awareness of speeding

Infant school pupils design sign to urge drivers to slow down.

Staff and pupils at an infant school in South Molton have been helping out police to help combat speeding in the town.

PC Graham James and PCSO Paul Whitehouse from the local policing team organised the event at South Molton Community Infants School to raise awareness of the 20mph limit.

Pupils decorated a large board provided by Southcombe Construction with the ‘Be a 20 hero’ slogan.

PC James stood on North Road with the sign and a speed monitoring device while parents and children were on their way to school.


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Crossing patrol staff also braved the weather to ensure everyone got to school safely, and were delighted at the efforts to promote the 20mph zone.

PC James said: “Whilst we were delighted with the reaction from staff and pupils from the school, it was of great concern to us that many drivers were not only driving in excess of the 20mph limit but were not aware and had not even seen the signs.

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“These drivers did not recognise the fact that, as it was raining their stopping distances, even at 20mph, would be dramatically increased.

“The message remains please kill your speed and not a child.”

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