Wetherby News launches school route safety bid

NAWN 1205281 Deighton Gates safer to School. Headteacher Claire Harrison with pupils Louise Rose(9) and Ethan Westerman(9)  try out a speeding camara with help from PC Stephen Wales. (1205281AM2)
NAWN 1205281 Deighton Gates safer to School. Headteacher Claire Harrison with pupils Louise Rose(9) and Ethan Westerman(9) try out a speeding camara with help from PC Stephen Wales. (1205281AM2)

The Wetherby News has this week launched its ‘Safer Route to School Campaign’ in order to improve road safety for children across the town.

As well as backing from schools, Leeds City Councillor Gerald Wilkinson (Cons, Wetherby) said he would back the News’ campaign.

He said: “It is vital that motorists pay proper attention to speed restrictions in Wetherby, the speed limit is there for a reason and motorists should keep to the limit or face the consequences. There are a number of schools in this area and we must make sure that local children can cross the road in safety.”

Coun Wilkinson added that he was backing proposals to reduce the speed limit following a crackdown on speeding from Wetherby Police on Deighton Road.

On Monday May 21, officers from Wetherby Police carried out speed checks on Deighton Road as part of a crackdown of speeding in the area.

Wetherby Inspector, Paul Dwyer, said the crackdown on speeding had been successful.

“Officers noticed their presence did reduce the speed of traffic. Similar speed checks have been carried out near other schools throughout the villages and this will continue to happen,” he said.

“Eight drivers were stopped and spoken to at the roadside, others will be dealt with via post. Several drivers are being dealt with by fixed penalty notice.”

He added: “The police at Wetherby are pleased to work with Wetherby News in their campaign to improve road safety around our schools. It’s about reducing the potential for harm as any collision where speed is a factor could have tragic consequences. “We must all do everything possible to minimise that threat.” Wetherby MP Alec Shelbrooke has also thrown his weight behind the campaign, with the MP arranging a visit from transport minister Mike Penning, to visit Wetherby in the future.

He said :“The safety of our children is paramount so I praise the Wetherby News for kicking off the Safer Route to Schools Campaign.”