Limit gets thumbs-up

Competion winner Georgia Benson (Year 7) whose winning design was incorporated within the banner.
Competion winner Georgia Benson (Year 7) whose winning design was incorporated within the banner.

Pupils at Heysham High School have shown their support for the new 20mph limit which has been introduced on the town’s residential roads.

A banner promoting the ‘20’s plenty’ message to passing traffic is being displayed on the railings outside Heysham High School on Limes Avenue.

But continuing concerns about the speeds of some vehicles from parents and teachers have led the school to highlight their support for the 20mph limit.

Maurice Graham, headteacher of Heysham High School, said: “We’re keen to show our support for lower speed limits as they will make it safer for our pupils near their homes and walk or cycle to school.

“We hope the banner will help to make drivers think about why they’re being asked to slow down and show that many people in the community think the new 20mph limits will make our streets safer.

“Most traffic in the area is created by people who actually live here and if everyone is willing to make this small change to the way they drive I think we’ll see the benefit.”

Lancashire County Council is supporting schools to make the new speed limits work with a package of information on how to use their introduction as a basis to teach pupils about road safety and engage parents and the local community to improve safety outside the gates.

As the 20mph limits are rolled out there will also be the opportunity for schools to work alongside the county council and the police to monitor traffic speeds and issue warnings to drivers who break the limit.

County Councillor Tim Ashton, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We want driving at 20mph in residential areas and outside schools to become the norm.

“It’s great that schools are supporting us to help change drivers’ attitudes and we’ll continue to work with them and the police to convince everybody of the safety benefits.”

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents estimates that a pedestrian has a 90% chance of surviving being hit by a car at 20mph, falling to 50% chance at 30mph and to 10% at 40mph.