Sheffield primary school warns kids and parents ‘at risk’ of cars speeding at 45mph

A headteacher has expressed concern at the speed of traffic outside a Sheffield primary school, with some motorists caught driving at 45mph.

By Claire Lewis
Thursday, 13th May 2021, 12:41 pm

Recent speed checks carried out by Police Community Support Officers and pupils at Rainbow Forge Primary Academy in Hackenthorpe recorded some vehicles being driven at 45mph.

At the start and end of the school day, when parents and carers are taking children to and from school, the speed limit outside is 20mph.

South Yorkshire Police said officers will continue to monitor the situation and headteacher Jane Loader said she was concerned at the findings of the speed checks.

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Speed checks have been carried out near a Rainbow Forge Primary School in Sheffield

She said: “We asked the PCSOs to work with our Junior Road Safety Officers to help to raise awareness within the community.

“The speed of cars can be a problem when children are crossing to get to and from school, and families getting in and out of their vehicles. The situation can be made worse by cars parking on the double yellow lines.

“The risk to the children and families is a concern.”

Sheffield South East neighbourhood policing team said: “PCSOs attended Rainbow Forge Primary School to assist pupils with a project that they are working on about road safety.

“Officers have monitored parking outside the school and also monitored the speed of vehicles driving past the school.

“Speeds were recorded by the pupils of up to 45mph. Please remember that during school drop off and pick up times, this road is a 20mph zone.

“We will continue to monitor the area.”

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