This article has appeared in several local newspapers today as a result of Mr Dhindsa's visit to school last week:
Young road safety campaigners presented their case for speed reduction measures to be installed outside their school to Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa.
In a special meeting last week pupils from Morley Primary School in Ilkeston delivered a road safety presentation to the Commissioner in a bid to win support for their calls for a new speed limit in the area. The youngsters have launched a campaign to have the 30mph speed zone outside their school extended past the busy Church Lane junction. They are also urging highways bosses to install safety cameras on the pelican crossing to identify motorists who continue to ignore the red light. During the meeting, pupils presented Mr Dhindsa with fresh evidence from speed checks that motorists are accelerating past the school upon seeing the 40mph road sign.
Speaking after the meeting, the Commissioner said: “I’m very impressed by the maturity and determination of these youngsters who are rightly standing up for what they believe in. The pupils presented a very strong case for safety improvements at the site and I’ve offered my full support to the campaign and the efforts of the local parish council to increase road safety in this area. The details of their findings will now be presented to the Highways Department and I hope their hard work and efforts will lead to positive change. I would also like to thank pupils at Morley Primary School for developing a compelling and professional presentation.”
We thank Mr Dhindsa for his visit and hope that this will spur on our campaign to improve the safety for the children as they cross the A608 every day.