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Stafford and Stone schools get speed signs

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 29, 2014

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THREE more schools are set to benefit from a scheme to keep children safe in term time.

Since 2010 Staffordshire County Council has been encouraging drivers to reduce their speed to a maximum of 20mph outside schools.

Now the safety scheme is being rolled out to Parkside Primary, Stafford, Springfields First School, Yarnfield and Vernon Lodge Prep School, near Brewood.

Speed Indication Devices (SIDs) which display the speed of a vehicle as it passes by will urge drivers to slow down when pupils are arriving and leaving school premises.

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Councillor Simon Tagg, cabinet support member for transport and connected county with Staffordshire County Council, said: “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, whilst easing congestion around schools.”

The scheme runs at 160 schools across the county.

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