Schoolchildren discuss road safety concerns following Freethorpe speed survey

Freethorpe Community Primary School pupils at a previous speed awareness event it has held. Picture:

Freethorpe Community Primary School pupils at a previous speed awareness event it has held. Picture: Freethorpe Community Primary - Credit: Archant

Schoolchildren have expressed their safety concerns after statistics were released about speeding in their village.

Research recently revealed that more than 16,000 vehicles broke the speed limit in just four weeks through Freethorpe earlier this year, and pupils of the village's primary school say this is a worry.

Pupils in year five and six at Freethorpe Community Primary School discussed road safety in school council.

Olivia, 10, said: 'It makes me feel worried for my family.'

Ruby, 10, said: 'Although we understand that modern cars disguise the speed of travel, it is ridiculous. If a car needs to stop it will take longer and it might be too late.'


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Callum, 11, added; 'Speeding is not safe. It is a narrow and bendy road so somebody will crash or even die.'

Jasmine, 10, added: 'Our village should have a traffic system to teach people about the effects on the village.'

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Freethorpe headteacher Rachel Quick said that the speed traffic travels through the village has been a concern of the schools for some time.

She said: 'The school community recognises how fast traffic travels along the road near school and have, over a number of years, sourt to engage the highways teams, parish and local police to ensure the safety of the children in our care.

'I welcome the detailed review and collection of hard facts about the speed of cars, lorries and other vehicles near school.

'I look forward to this detail being used to plan effective ways to ensure that the village is a safe place to live and go to school, and that measures to limit the speed of vehicles allow parents, carers and the community can be swiftly put into place.'

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