Schools across County Durham support road safety campaign

Students from a County Durham school have teamed up with a best-selling illustrator to develop signs reminding drivers to reduce their speed.

Darlington-based Liz Million visited St Leonard’s Catholic School where she worked with a group of Year 8 students to create road signs as part of Durham County Council’s Slow to 20 for Safer Streets project.

The students were given a demonstration on how to illustrate and then put their new skills to the test drawing people and street images.

Their work will now be collated by Liz to create scenes which will be included on five 20mph zone road signs in the area.

The speed limit around St Leonard’s is one of 43 schemes implemented since the project began in 2015.

It also sees the council’s Road Safety Team deliver road safety education projects as well as child pedestrian training and Bikeability cycle training schemes.

Cllr Brian Stephens, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: “It was great to have Liz visit the school and work with the students as part of our Slow to 20 project and I know they are looking forward to seeing their designs out on the roads.

“The purpose of these schemes is to reduce traffic speeds around the schools during drop off and pick up times, while the road safety programme helps children gain the vital knowledge and skills they need to become safer pedestrians and cyclists.”

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