Villagers Campaign to Make School Road Safer in Bere Regis
1:12pm 4th April 2013
A band of campaigners in a small Dorset village is trying to get motorists to drop their speed to 20 miles per hour.
The Bere Regis Road Safety group are concerned over speeding at Rye Hill outside the local school.
The Council and Dorset Road Safe are supporting their 20 limit campaign, but they don't have the funds to implement it.
Campaigners are now taking matters into their own hands.
They issued a road safety survey which over 450 villagers voluntarily completed, with 100% of respondents asking for a speed limit reduction to 20mph.
C.A.R Campaigner Helen Parker says over 4 hundred people in the village support the change and they're going to introduce a new idea next week, called the 'Pledge20 in Bere Regis' Campaign.
They're inviting villagers to come down to the Scout Hut on Elder Rd on April 7th to enjoy free refreshments & sign their Pledge20 card.
If each driver says that they will endeavour to travel through the village at 20mph, wherever possible, then this will in turn slow the village traffic and make the roads safer for everyone.
The campaign has the full support of local councillor Peter Wharf, who has agreed to publically sign his pledge and local MP Annette Brooke.
Last November the Bere Regis road safety group were able to provide each village school child and pre-school child with a road safety pack, which included a high-vis bag, high-vis vest, wristbands and reflectors.
With support from Dorset Road Safe they were able to provide free road safety workshops as part of Road Safety Week 2012.
Parker says; "Since then, villagers have really begun to get behind the idea of making our village safer."
There's more info on Pledge20 here.