Railing against speeding - School's big yellow warning

PUBLISHED: 11:57 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:29 05 May 2010

The railing outside Norton school

The railing outside Norton school

A SCHOOL has been splashing out in a bid to slow down speeding drivers threatening the safety of youngsters and adults. Motorists going too fast have long been a problem outside Norton St Nicholas Primary School on the outskirts of Letchworth GC. There ha

A SCHOOL has been splashing out in a bid to slow down speeding drivers threatening the safety of youngsters and adults.

Motorists going too fast have long been a problem outside Norton St Nicholas Primary School on the outskirts of Letchworth GC.

There has been a procession of school crossing patrol people who have horror stories about near misses and drivers imperilling the safety of pupils by not stopping.

Now railings outside the school on Norton Road have been painted bright yellow to highlight its presence on the road and the fact that children and adult pedestrians will be crossing there. Previously the railings were an inconspicuous grey.

A series of incidents involving drivers failing to stop for the school crossing patrol have led to successful prosecutions and some drivers receiving fines and points on their licence.

"It is amazing that some drivers can be so cavalier in their attitude to school crossing patrols," said county councillor Stuart Pile, executive member for highways, transport and rural affairs.

"Hopefully the prosecutions will act as a deterrent to other drivers who may have a similar attitude. We hope that the new yellow railings will help to keep our school crossing patrol and children safer in the future."

St Nicholas is the oldest school in the Letchworth district. It was founded in 1832 in the back room of the Three Horseshoes pub, moving over the road to the present site in 1873.

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