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School asks motorists to cut speed

PUBLISHED: 10:37 14 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:47 05 July 2010

WORRIED: A plea from Pakefield Primary School.

WORRIED: A plea from Pakefield Primary School.

SCHOOLCHILDREN are urging motorists to cut their speed when driving past a primary school.

Pupils from Pakefield Primary School, on London Road, joined PC Becky Barton on the busy road outside their school gates this week to highlight the dangers being posed by speeding drivers.

SCHOOLCHILDREN are urging motorists to cut their speed when driving past a primary school.

Pupils from Pakefield Primary School, on London Road, joined PC Becky Barton on the busy road outside their school gates this week to highlight the dangers being posed by speeding drivers.

The stretch of road outside the school is a designated 20mph zone, but police and parents are concerned that more needs to be done to slow drivers down.

Works to improve the road were carried out recently with traffic calming bumps being installed, but congestion caused by parents dropping off their children and lorries not taking the new A12 relief road into the town centre means that the area is still dangerous.

As part of Road Safety Week, and the Save A Life Campaign being run by The Journal, school children, crossing patrol assistants and the police teamed up on Tuesday to issue a plea to motorists - calling on them to slow down amid “real concerns for the safety of children attending the school,” according to police.

School crossing patrol assistant David Scott said: “The parents are children are all very aware of how to cross safely, but the traffic is bad. There are only a few motorists who actually drive along here at 20mph.”

PC Barton, from the Lowestoft South Safer Neighbourhood Team, said that despite there now being a 20mph speed limit outside the school, some drivers were still travelling too fast.

“Children are being put at risk and there have been quite a few near misses,” she said. “The 20mph zone is not enforceable, so we have to rely on drivers taking notice of the signs and the traffic calming measures.

“With the dark nights drawing in, it is getting more and more important, I've been getting increasingly concerned about the safety of the children.

“We are hoping to bring a speed gun along and get the children involved in stopping and speaking to motorists to create more awareness of the issue,” she added. “We will also be working with the school throughout the term teaching pupils how to cross the road safely.”

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