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Police and school join forces in speed bid

PSCO Nigel Wass with staff and students from St Lawrence School who took part in the speed check on Stanhope Road

PSCO Nigel Wass with staff and students from St Lawrence School who took part in the speed check on Stanhope Road

Police in Horncastle are working with local schools in a bid to improve road safety and drive down the speed of vehicles.

Officers teamed up with pupils from St Lawrence School to stage a speed check on Stanhope Road.

According to one resident, Stanhope Road is one of the town’s “hot spots” for speeding vehicles.

The session was part of an on-going campaign with police determined to highlight the importance of road safety.

PCSO Nigel Wass said: “We are working with the schools and we do get a very positive response.

“Hopefully, the children will go home and tell their parents about the sessions and that will make them think about the dangers of speeding.”

The session with St Lawrence involved some of the school’s own junior PCSO’s.

PCSO Wass said the presence of children - who were able to use a speed gun - did slow motorists down.

He revealed the top speed ‘clocked’ during the session was 33.

Two schools are adjacent to Stanhope Road - St Lawrence and Horncastle Primary.

A spokesman for local residents welcomed the session.

He said: “It shows people are taking notice of us.

“One of our main concerns has always been the safety of children.

“We would welcome anything that helps reduce the level of speed.

“Data from the County Council Highways department survey showed that one-in-four cars are breaking the speed limit on Stanhope Road and one was travelling at 55pmh, which is unacceptable.”

Residents are backing moves to introduce 20mph limits around all schools.

Police say they will continue to monitor Stanhope Road.

The session followed a similar project with the town’s Brownies and PCSO Wass said he was happy to work with other organisations.

 

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