Strathblane Primary pupils catch speeding motorists near their school

Strathblane Pr School,'PC David McNally STOPS another motorist speeding on the 30 MPH Rd.'Pupils with Anne Spencer Depute Head and Teacher Rachel Allan, give the motorist the Thumbs Down.'Photo By Paul Mc Sherry 22 Sept 2011
Strathblane Pr School,'PC David McNally STOPS another motorist speeding on the 30 MPH Rd.'Pupils with Anne Spencer Depute Head and Teacher Rachel Allan, give the motorist the Thumbs Down.'Photo By Paul Mc Sherry 22 Sept 2011

PUPILS, teachers and parents from Strathblane Primary joined forces to zap speeding drivers.

They set up a radar speed trap to catch drivers going over the limit on a busy road near the school.

Those caught were given the thumbs down by pupils and a gentle reminder by police.

Constable David McNally was on duty at 8.30am on Thursday to catch commuters who were in a rush on their way to work.

The event was part of the school’s Safer Routes to School Initiative which aims to tackle a long standing problem on the A81 Glasgow Road.

Constable McNally said: “The speed of a number of motorists has long been an issue in Strathblane, particularly during the morning and evening rush hour.

“Many motorists fail to appreciate that school children are walking to school at the same time, and have to cross the busy road.

“We want to reinforce that the safety of children is paramount and we plan to hold further events during the first week of October.

“Ultimately we want regular commuters to think about their speed and their driving manner rather than worrying about getting to work on time.”

Proposals put forward to make a dangerous zebra crossing safer on the same road were rejected by Stirling Council in May.

Parents of children at Strathblane Primary were so concerned about their children’s safety that they asked people to record incidents where drivers have failed to stop for them - and presented this as evidence at the meeting.

Dozens of complaints have also been made to police about drivers ignoring the A81 crossing.

However a request to install a light-controlled crossing was rejected by Stirling Council who instead put forward proposals to improve the visibility of the crossing with added lighting and to cut down overgrown trees.

Strathblane Community Council and Strathblane Primary School’s Parent Council have rejected this, insisting that the only solution to the problem is a traffic light-controlled crossing.

The problem of motorists speeding through the village was highlighted this year when a 15-year-old girl was knocked down while on the pavement on Glasgow Road at the junction with Station Road. She sustained minor injuries as the car mounted the pavement and she was thrown into a garden.

Margaret Vass, chair of Strathblane Community Council, said: “Speeding by inconsiderate drivers needs to be stopped. We are not prepared to wait until there is a fatality. We will not take no for an answer and will work together to achieve a safer community.”