DON Valley MP Caroline Flint has visited a Thorne school as part of her campaign to put the brakes on speeding motorists.
Ms Flint is calling for limits to be lowered outside the borough’s schools in a bid to safeguard youngsters on their way to and from the classroom.
Pupils at Brooke Primary School were joined by Ms Flint and Councillor Rachel Hodson to listen to their concerns about road safety and traffic speed near their school.
The Don Valley MP talked to pupils about road safety and answered questions on her campaign.
“The pupils had lots of questions about road safety, about when children are most at risk, and about what children could do to be safer on the way to and from school.
“They had certainly given a lot of thought to the risks they face, even on the short journeys they take every day.” said Ms Flint
Thorne councillor Rachel Hodson added: “The children were full of questions – from ‘what does an MP do?’ to ‘are blue flashing lights on boy-racer’s cars legal?’. They were very concerned about litter, dog mess and road safety.”
The pupils then joined the MP to make their views known about traffic speed near their school.
Ms Flint has contacted scores of schools across her constituency, encouraging them to back the campaign and has produced posters for youngsters to display to help get the message across – but she says the idea also needs to be picked up on by motorists travelling past the schools.
She said: “Of course we need to educate drivers and pupils about road safety and, of course, the crossing patrols are valued, but if we are going to change the road safety culture then we can start by making drivers think, ‘School Ahead, 20’s plenty.’”
Ms Flint has also criticised Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies for his lack of response to her campaign.
She said: “The Mayor knows that 20mph limits are not expensive. “It does not have to cost tens of thousands of pounds to erect signs, and Doncaster Council currently spends thousands each year telling the public not to drop litter. “Money like that could be used to educate drivers about 20mph limits near schools.”
Ms Flint is continuing to visit schools across the borough as part of her campaign.