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This week saw the launch of GoSafe’s national 20mph campaign, which aims to increase the safety of children and parents outside primary schools.
As more children and parents take the environmentally friendly route to and from school – walking – Gwent Police is urging drivers to stick to the speed limit and pay attention to possible hazards.
Chief Inspector Martyn Smith said:
“The 20mph speed limit, which is in place outside the majority of primary schools in Wales, is in place for a reason: to keep children and parents safe as they walk to school.
“We’re committed to increasing road safety in Gwent and ensuring those walking to and from school are protected.
“In areas where vulnerable road users, such as children and cyclists, are frequently found, signage will indicate a 20mph limit is in place.
“We’d also encourage drivers to look out for further traffic calming measures, such as speed bumps and chicanes, which indicate you need to slow down.”
Teresa Ciano, GoSafe Partnership Manager said:
“Our 20mph campaign outside primary schools across Wales has one key aim, which is to encourage compliance with the speed limit to keep children and parents safe as they walk to and from school.
“We hope to see the majority of road users comply with the speed limit as they play their part in keeping these vulnerable road users safe to enable more families to walk or cycle safely and confidently to and from school.
“If you see our enforcement vans outside your local primary school over the next week, know that we are there to make journeys to and from school safer.”
Gwent Police and GoSafe’s main aim is to make roads safer and to reduce casualties on Welsh roads.
We always enforce in the right place, at the right time, for the right reason and aim to encourage compliance with the speed limits.
As you travel past primary schools over the next week, take that extra second to check your speed and make the safe choice by driving to the speed limit.
By doing so, you’ll be playing your part in keeping Gwent roads safe for everyone.