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'Must a child die?' speed limit protest

PUBLISHED: 13:25 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:29 07 July 2010

Parents who fear a child will die if the speed limit outside a school is not reduced took to the streets in protest on Tuesday.

The road next to Scarning Primary School has a 40mph limit but for the last two years teachers, families, and pupils have been campaigning for it be reduced to 20mph.

Parents who fear a child will die if the speed limit outside a school is not reduced took to the streets in protest on Tuesday.

The road next to Scarning Primary School has a 40mph limit but for the last two years teachers, families, and pupils have been campaigning for it be reduced to 20mph.

And in a desperate bid to make their voices heard the school launched its own protest outside the buildings on Dereham Road.

Organiser Jason Tuley, who has two children at the school, said: “I will take it as far as I can and will stop at nothing. My aim is to reduce it down to a sensible amount.

“We've reached the end of our tether. For two years we've tried to speak to the authorities but they don't listen. It's a flat out no.

“They want a child to die before someone does something. Councillors have children. Would they let their children take this route to school?

“I'm sure drivers would rather drive slower for about 20 seconds rather than take a child's life. We need better signage for a start.

“Scotland has an initiative where most schools have a 20mph speed limit outside. An ideal outcome for this would be if someone gets in touch and says 'yes we'll make this happen.'”

Parents and pupils waved placards as they marched outside the school throughout the day, while a speed camera measured how fast passing cars were travelling.

But because the road is the old A47 it is unlikely the current speed limit could be reduced again.

John Birchall, Norfolk County Council spokesman, said: “We do recognise the importance of speed limits outside schools.

“Unfortunately, the road just isn't suitable for a reduced speed limit and if we did reduce it there is a high risk it would cause accidents.

“We train children how to be road conscious which not only helps them on one stretch of road but wherever they go.

“It's not fair to say a child needs to die before we do anything. The council has a number of accident reduction schemes going on at the moment. There's a system being trialled which if it is a success could help Scarning Primary School next year.”

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