, senior reporter
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The writing is on a series of posters for drivers travelling through a Norfolk village thanks to the efforts of local schoolchildren participating in a poster competition.
The 64 youngsters in years one to six at All Saints Primary School in Winfarthing designed posters to encourage motorists using Mill Road to keep to the 30mph speed limit as part of a road safety initiative with Norfolk police officers PC James Stables and PCSO Aslaug Foreman.
A panel of judges including school governors selected the best posters from all the entries which included drawings featuring ‘slow’ animals such as snails and tortoises and slogans including ‘40 is naughty’ and ‘more than 30 is dirty.’
The six winners included year one pupil Liberty Ross, Chelsey Bennett from year two, Benjamin Ross from year three, Katherine Glennon, from year three and year six pupils Jasmin Pates and Charlie Matthews.
The school’s headteacher Louise Norgate said the posters would be placed at various spots along the road after the school obtained permission from local residents and landowners to erect the signs.
She said: “The posters are not just about getting drivers to slow down, but also about trying to teach the children to take care on the roads.”
The initiative was started after some of the children raised concerns about speeding cars outside the school so the two police officers attended with a speed gun to enforce the 30mph speed limit.
In June, the children helped the two police officers to spread the speedwatch message by venturing out onto the street with a speed gun to catch speeding motorists.
Drivers caught speeding were pulled over and given the option of a £60 fixed penalty fine or the chance to have a chat with some of the assembled children about their behaviour.