CHILDREN from Leverington Primary Academy took to the pavement outside their school on Wednesday to drive home a ‘Slow Down’ message to motorists.
Leverington is the second village across the district to be targeted in the anti-speeding campaign, which is a joint initiative involving Fenland District Council’s Safer Fenland and community development teams, the Safer Fenland Partnership, Cambs Police and Cambs County Council.
It is particularly aimed at motorists who exceed speed limits on rural roads and it will be rolled out to other villages over the next few months.
Local people, including schoolchildren, are being encouraged to get involved. In the targeted villages, a series of “Slow Down” signs are prominently displayed over a two-week period and Speedwatch volunteers carry out roadside checks.
Rosie Simmonds, Leverington headteacher said: “Speedwatch figures show that Leverington is the one of worst affected of all the villages. It’s particularly bad near the school because we have a three-way junction right on the corner just outside.
“Sitting in my office, I often hear people braking and we’ve even had one car speeding round the corner and going straight into the crash barrier by the school. It is really dangerous for the children.
“I hope this campaign will make drivers think about slowing down and taking care. The school’s governing body are actively supporting it.”
Bryan Baker, a Leverington parish councillor, said: “We do have a big problem round here – some people think Leverington Common is the new Le Mans. The campaign is a good idea – it shows people that at any time there’s liable to be a man with a speed gun around the corner.”
Councillor David Oliver, Fenland Council’s portfolio holder responsible for community safety, said: “Speeding is a serious problem all over Fenland and children are particularly at risk.
“That’s why our campaign is getting them actively involved in making people aware of the dangers speeding poses. But it is the adults behind the wheel who need to change their ways.”