Safety-savvy Leeds pupils: ‘Take notice of speed limits’

ROAD SAFETY: Pupils at Allerton Grange joined police to tackle speeding drivers outside their school.
ROAD SAFETY: Pupils at Allerton Grange joined police to tackle speeding drivers outside their school.
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Safety-savvy pupils joined local police officers for three days of action to help slow down drivers outside their Leeds school.

Students from Allerton Grange School conducted a speed check on Talbot Avenue as part of a National Road Safety Week campaign organised by charity Brake.

The students were supported by Safer Schools police officer PC Nigel Brown and his colleagues who used a speed gun to monitor the speed of vehicles travelling along the road outside school.

The results showed a number of motorists were found to be travelling over 24mph and were pulled over and spoken to by police and the students, who reminded them of the speed limit.

PC Brown said: “Poor weather conditions... mean that drivers need to slow down in order to react in time, should anything happen. At this time of year, it’s dark in the morning and our students might not be fully awake and paying attention to the road.

“Lots of people around here are doing the school run at this time, perhaps rushing to drop their children off and get to work.

“We all need to take notice of speed limits, especially around schools – they are there for a reason.’

Coun Sharon Hamilton (Lab, Moortown) and Coun Christine Macniven (Lab, Roundhay) also took part in the roadside action events to show their support.

Coun Hamilton said: “We can all do our bit to make our communities safer. Slowing down and parking considerately means everyone can use our roads safely.”

All students also attended a special road safety assembly which featured information including how to keep themselves safe.

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