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Primary schoolchildren, who have taken road safety into their own hands by protesting outside their school, say they have seen the nearby roads become “calmer”.

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The youngsters at South Park Primary, Water Lane, Seven Kings, began their campaign on Monday of last week, in the hope of encouraging parents and carers, as well as other car users, to drive and park sensibly and to slow down.

Headteacher Debbie Keigwin said: “We have had a fantastic response from parents and the public who have been extremely supportive. Even children not directly involved in the campaign have been inspired to talk to their parents about their driving habits.

“It really has raised the profile around road safety and the campaigners feel very proud to be making a difference.

“They believe that even if they only change a handful of drivers’ behaviour, then they will have achieved their aim.”

The youngsters made banners and placards to drive home the message to motorists, asking them to drive slower and not park in unsafe places.

Ms Keigwin added: “It does seem to have been calmer in the mornings around the school and we hope that this indicates that the campaign is having a real and sustainable impact.”

Parents are also being asked to complete a survey to provide feedback on the issues.

A Redbridge Council spokesman said: “The council recognises the importance of road safety and has put in place “no stopping” restrictions and 20mph zones around schools and our road safety team continue to actively promote road safety in individual schools.

“In 2010, there were 50 recorded personal injury accidents for child pedestrians and child cyclists within the borough.”

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