Padfield Community Primary pupils in push to curb speeding drivers

Padfield School Speedwatch
Padfield School Speedwatch

Children from Padfield Community Primary School are urging motorists to slow down as they drive through their village.

The pupils have taken to the beat with police officers, councillors and campaigners from Tintwhistle Community Speedwatch Group in a bid to put the brakes on speeding vehicles.

The youngsters helped to check the speed of vehicles along Padfield Main Road using a handheld speed detection device to identify drivers breaking the newly introduced 20mph speed limit.

PCSO Brian Buller from the Hadfield and Tintwistle Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Visits like this are a great opportunity for us to educate both the school children and the drivers about the importance of keeping safe and abiding by the speed limits on the roads, especially those outside schools.

“The children seemed to really enjoy taking part in the speed checks and being out with the police and members from the Community Speedwatch group, but underlying this is a serious message to all drivers that the speed limits are there for a reason.”

Anne Harper, headteacher, said: “The speed limit has been reduced to help increase road safety in our community as the village can get very busy at school pick-up and drop-off times . We often get people parking along both sides of the roads near to the school; some even park on the yellow lines and near the junction with Rhodes Street, which makes it difficult for the pupils and their parents to cross safely.”

er and Tracey Collins, local councillors, and also members of the Tintwistle Community Speedwatch group to monitor the speed of vehicles along Padfield Main Road. The checks took place on Tuesday, May 17.