Drivers urged to slow down near east Leeds school

Pupils from Colton Primary School asking motorists to slow down.
Pupils from Colton Primary School asking motorists to slow down.
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Youngsters at an east Leeds school are urging drivers to stick to the 20 mph speed limit in their community.

Pupils at Colton Primary School want to ‘make a difference’ by making their area safer for all ages - especially for children - as they walk to and from school.

Pupils from Colton Primary School asking motorists to slow down in Colton

Pupils from Colton Primary School asking motorists to slow down in Colton

The lower speed limit was introduced last year as part of road safety measures by Leeds City Council, but some motorists seem to ignore the 20 mph zone rules, says the school.

Teacher Georgina Orchard said: “In Year 5 we have been looking at local issues as part of the ‘Make a Difference’ challenge run by Go Givers.

“The children decided they wanted to target an issue they felt very strongly about and decided trying to reduce the speeding in their local area was appropriate. “The speed limit has been reduced to 20 mph and came into force last year, but drivers aren’t always sticking to this.

“The children have researched into the causes and effects of speeding; written some persuasive letters which we would like to publish in a newspaper to get people’s attention.

“We will also be sending letters to Leeds City Council to try and get their support; we have had the local PCSO’s in to discuss the issue with the children who will also be doing some speed checks; the children will be designing posters to promote the correct speed and then finally delivering their campaign to parents in the local area.”

The restrictions were introduced in April 2014, along Colton Lane and School Lane, and the surrounding residential streets of the Colton estate, as part of Leeds City Council’s city wide scheme to make areas around schools safer.

The speed limit was reduced from 30mph to 20 mph.

After a consultation the council said it wanted to reduce the number of accidents and make the area safer for residents, especially those going to and from school.

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