Slowdown gets pupils’ backing

Picture on Whitegate Drive shows: (L-R) Stuart Bradford, Rebecca Huskinson, Joseph Carr, Rebecca Potter, Jack Hamill
Picture on Whitegate Drive shows: (L-R) Stuart Bradford, Rebecca Huskinson, Joseph Carr, Rebecca Potter, Jack Hamill
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A BLACKPOOL school has become the first in the resort to throw its weight behind a lifesaving campaign to put the brakes on drivers.

Park School, off Whitegate Drive, has now fully signed up to Blackpool Council’s Blackpool is 30 or less campaign.

The school, which has more than 150 pupils, joins more than 4,000 people who have so far added their names to the pledge.

Almost all teachers from the school have signed up to the 30 or less idea and headteacher Keith Berry has agreed to promote the project to parents and visitors.

The scheme asks people to show their commitment to reducing road deaths and accidents by signing a pledge to follow the speed limit.

And that, according to assistant headteacher Stuart Bradford, is particularly vital in and around Park School.

He said: “We put great emphasis on preparing our pupils for adulthood.

“One key aspect of that is ability training, part of which is road safety.

“Whitegate Drive is one of the busiest roads in Blackpool that can change from bumper-to-bumper traffic to fast moving traffic in an instant.

“Our pupils have particular difficulty with understanding the perception of different speeds. A consistent 30mph speed limit would really help in this area.”

It is now hoped other schools are set to follow Park’s example. Blackpool Council’s Travel and Road Safety team will be circulating pledge forms to all schools to put on their reception desks.

Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for streets and transport, said: “I’ve been very pleased by how the campaign has gone so far this year.

“We are trying to get across an important message and that message is particularly important in relation to the safety of young people as they travel to and from school.

“Their safety is paramount and I urge all drivers to bear in mind the safety of school pupils when they are commuting or driving around town.

“I thank Park School and all of their staff and pupils for supporting the campaign and I hope all other schools will follow suit.”

The 2013 Blackpool is 30 or Less campaign was launched in January at an event which saw councillors sign up at the Town Hall.

In February it was backed by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, Lancashire Police and the North West Ambulance Service.