Doncaster drivers urged to reduce speed near schools

Catherine McDermott with a picture of grandson Kyle in Mexborough.
Catherine McDermott with a picture of grandson Kyle in Mexborough.

Doncaster motorists are being urged to reduce their speed after a survey revealed many are still breaking the speed limit near schools.

The survey of 1,000 parents with young children revealed 60 per cent had witnessed speeding outside their children’s school. Road safety charity Brake and Churchill Insurance, who conducted the survey, are now calling on drivers to drop their speed to 20mph near schools.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive of Brake, said: “We’re calling on drivers to take the lead in making roads safer for children – by going 20mph or less and taking more care in communities.”

She urged drivers to find out more about the charity’s Beep Beep! scheme, which raises awareness about road safety issues.

Steve Barrett, head of Churchill Insurance, said: “Too many children die or are seriously injured on our roads each day.

“Beep Beep! is a great way of starting to educate young children on road safety, as well as raising awareness among drivers, including parents and grandparents, of the need to drive with extreme care when young children are about.”

A 20mph zone was introduced on the Windhill Estate, Mexborough, several years ago after schoolboy Kyle McDerott was killed in a hit-and-run incident.

This followed a campaign led by Kyle’s grandmother Catherine, which was supported by MP Caroline Flint.