Pupils campaign for safer driving near their school

The children walking up Ashby Road.
The children walking up Ashby Road.
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Children from a Daventry school hit the streets on Wednesday to highlight the problem of speeding drivers.

The pupils from Falconers Hill Infant School organised a Giant Walking Bus along Ashby Road, joining in with a national event organised by the road safety charity BRAKE.

The children make their way down Ashby Road

The children make their way down Ashby Road

Through the campaign the children are calling on drivers to ‘GO 20’ in communities to make streets safer for them to walk and cycle, and learning about the importance of road safety and active travel.

Headteacher Coleen Wilkins said: “On Tuesday we had a Road Safety Smart day where the police joined us to teach the children all about road safety (including how to cross the road) in preparation for Wednesday.

“For the walking bus, 170 children from the school took part- they made banners for our walk proclaiming ‘20 is plenty near our school!’ and we sang a song to the drivers up and down Ashby Road!

“We are also trying to highlight the need for a pelican crossing outside the school site – more than 1,000 pupils would benefit from this because crossing the Ashby Road is such a hazard at the moment.”

The carried posters and sang songs to encourage drivers to slow down near schools

The carried posters and sang songs to encourage drivers to slow down near schools