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Speeding scheme set to help protect youngsters

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 28, 2014

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NEW speed restrictions have today come into force outside two Burton schools in a bid to ensure youngsters are kept safe.

Staffordshire County Council announced that Violet Way Academy, in Violet Way, Stapenhill, and Holy Trinity Primary School, in Wetmore Road, had now been placed under the umbrella of its high-profile road safety scheme ‘20 is Plenty’.

The project encourages drivers to reduce their speed to a maximum of 20mph outside schools when pupils are arriving in the morning and leaving in the afternoon.

Speed indication devices (SIDs), which display the speed of a vehicle as it passes by, are used to urge drivers to slow down.

Simon Tagg, cabinet support member for transport and connected county with Staffordshire County Council, said: “The 20 is Plenty scheme aims to remind drivers not to put pupils’ lives at risk by driving above 20 miles an hour.

“Staffordshire is now among the top three counties for road safety in the country and it is down to innovative schemes like this which are helping to keep our roads even safer.

“It is important to remind drivers to be aware not just of their speed but also to be more vigilant around schools, because children can be preoccupied by their friends, technology and other distractions, especially when they are leaving school.

“We also hope that the scheme will increase the number of children walking and cycling to school which in turn, will improve health and wellbeing, save parents money on petrol costs, while easing congestion around schools.”

The scheme was first launched in 2010 and has now been rolled out to more than 160 schools.

The council is also looking to cut speed outside Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Primary School, in Winshill.

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