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Haxby residents urged to make the ‘Brake Pledge’

by admin on 1 December, 2016

sarah-selfieLocal Liberal Democrats have been at Headlands School asking parents to make the Brake Pledge to improve road safety. 

The event follows concerns about speeding across Haxby & Wigginton and some near misses outside the school. It was organised by Haxby resident Sarah Dixon and local councillor Cllr Ian Cuthbertson. The pair spoke to local people and parents outside the school, and a number took leaflets and signed-up to the pledge.  

The pledge asks people to commit to six key points to protect themselves and others, by driving safely and encouraging others to drive safely. The key principles are: slow, sober, sharp, silent, secure, sustainable. Drivers across the country are being asked to sign-up as part of the charity Brake’s 2016 Road Safety campaign. 

Local resident and Liberal Democrat campaigner Sarah Dixon (pictured) commented:  

“We first got involved in the speeding campaign when a resident on Greenshaw Drive rang me about speeding on his street. He had been in touch with the road safety charity ‘95 Alive’ and asked me to help. Other parents told me about a couple of near misses in the area both involving young children near Headlands.  

“As we look for long-term solutions, we thought Road Safety Week was a great opportunity to raise awareness and ask local residents to commit to safer driving. Ian and I were in the playground last week, chatting to families, handing out leaflets and people were keen to take photos with our ‘selfie frame’. The response was really positive with a number committing to the pledge on the spot. We would like to thank everyone we spoke to and the school and the head teacher Mrs Ellis for making it possible.” 

Cllr Ian Cuthbertson, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Haxby & Wigginton (pictured), commented:  ian-selfie

“Speeding continues to be a problem in a number of areas of Haxby and Wigginton. We’ve had feedback from residents in roads such as Eastfield Avenue, Greenshaw Drive, Usher Lane and Mill Lane, and we are working to find solutions. It was great to speak to residents about the issue and we were delighted with the response we received from the local community.”



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