Primary schools in Liverpool have taken up the call to arms and staged a mini protest in aid of safer streets across the city. The safe demonstration saw pupils take to the school playground at the end of the day in protest of their parents speeding and putting lives at risk. The children donned homemade placards with messages of support for cars to go slower to help save lives. Thank you to Blackmoor Park Infants & Juniors, St Paul’s Catholic Junior School and St Paul’s & St Timothy’s Catholic Infant School for taking part!
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The event was organized on behalf of the 20 effect, Liverpool City Council’s principal road safety campaign. The 20 effect programme delivers regular seminars to schools across the city to help raise awareness for road safety and the dangers of speed.
Backed by Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire & Rescue and Merseytravel, the 20 effect will ultimately see a new 20 mph speed limit on 70 per cent of the city’s streets. Currently over half of the city’s residential streets are already covered by the new 20mph limit.
Other activities on the day included a road safety lesson for the children of Blackmoor Park Infant School as well as St Paul’s and St Timothy’s Catholic Infant School. The lesson, supported by Liverpool children’s hospital Alder Hey, taught the young pupils how to safely cross the road and the dangers of speeding.
A spokesperson for the 20 effect said: “Education is a significant part of the 20 effect campaign. It is vital to educate the children and remind the parents about the dangers you face when not following the speed limit.
“Activities like these are a bit fun for the kids involved but they carry a very serious message and sometimes a child’s words can be the most effective method of communication. We are delighted with the impact that this demonstration has had on the parents and hope they take this on board in the future.”