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Students ask drivers to #SpeedDown

Students from Allerton Grange School conducted a speed check on Talbot Avenue, on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday this week, in support of National Road Safety Week. The week of action is run by the road safety charity, Brake, who lead the campaign and provide resources for schools and community groups.

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The students, supported by Safer Schools Police Officer, PC Nigel Brown, and his colleagues from West Yorkshire Police, used a speed gun to monitor the speed of vehicles travelling along the road outside the school. A number of vehicles found to be travelling in excess of 24mph were pulled over and spoken to by the Police, with our students, to remind them of the speed restriction in place and to slow down.

PC Brown said: ‘Poor weather conditions, such as we’ve seen this week, 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.’

Cllr Hamilton and Cllr Macniven attended the roadside action events to show their support. Traffic problems are often hot topics for local residents and they support initiatives like this which aim to educate people. Cllr 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 will be attending a special Road Safety assembly this week where they are reminded of key messages from the campaign, including how to keep themselves safe. The school are also supporting on social media, helping to spread the word including #SpeedDown and #RoadSafetyWeek

Our week of action was featured on Radio Aire, local radio station, Fever FM, and Made in Leeds TV.

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