Pupils put road safety lessons into action outside Keynsham school

Published on: 07 May 2016

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Youngsters at a Keynsham school have been getting up to speed on staying safe on the roads during a week of themed activities.

Chandag Infant School organised a road safety week with lessons and assemblies to teach children how to cross roads safely and interpret road signs and markings. There was also the chance for children to put their knowledge into action outside the school grounds.

The initiative follows a campaign last year by parents of pupils at Chandag Junior and Infant schools to tackle speeding on Chandag Road and prevent dangerous parking.

Bath and North East Somerset Council has since installed a zebra crossing on the road, lowered a number of kerbs where people cross, repainted double yellow lines, installed flashing signs to remind drivers of the 20mph speed limit and introduced a one-way system outside Chandag Road shops to reduce congestion.

The parents are now working with the schools to see how best to spend money raised towards the campaign to further improve safety, having already purchased 60 hi-vis vests for youngsters to wear during school trips.

Residents say they have seen a reduction in speeding but that there is still a need to raise awareness. Some residents will soon be given training to use speed guns, which will result in speeding drivers receiving a letter from the police.

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