Speeding motorists big worry for roadside school

ROAD safety due to the speed of vehicles passing St Joseph’s primary school on the Dernawilt Road in Donagh has been highlighted again this week. 
The rural primary school is positioned just feet from the roadside. School pupils have been observing the speed of passing vehicles this week. The Fermanagh and Omagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership speed indicator device has been in the area. 
School principal Michael Grew said, “We are still very conscious of road safety as there is quite a lot of speed passing the school. At St Joseph’s we are constantly trying to address this and have spoken to the Police on a number of occasions.”
Commenting on the speed indicator he said, “It is alerting people to the speed that they are passing the school at, this is obviously very important. There is a lot of times during the week when you would see traffic coming into the village going far too fast and especially at critical times, first thing in the morning and in the afternoon at 2pm and 3pm when the children are moving about coming and going from school.” 
The pupils at St Joseph’s have engaged with the speeding indicator. Mr Grew added, “The student council and the kids have become involved and they are great at watching the speed of vehicles. They have come on board and are interested in the speed of passing vehicles. They react to drivers speeding by saying they’re going to fast or cheer if drivers are within the speed limit.” 
Information from the speed indicator will be gathered and monitored and it is hoped this will provide a clearer idea of the percentage of drivers who are speeding in the area. 
A spokesman for the Fermanagh PCSP said, “There are issues at this location with speeding in the area outside the school. We are keen to make sure that all motorists keep within the speed limits. Please adhere to the speed limits in this area and ensure everyone gets home safely.”

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