Students at Spires Academy take safety campaign to the street
A CAMPAIGN by Spires Academy pupils has been putting the brakes on drivers.
Five members of the school's Pupil Parliament staged a peaceful protest on the busy A28 in Hersden to draw attention to the number of children who use the road.
The youngsters carried banners with the message: "Kill your speed, not a student."
They want the county council to reduce the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph after a Year 8 pupil was hit by a car last summer.
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The boy, aged 12, suffered minor injuries while crossing the road near Bredlands Lane a year ago.
The Pupil Parliament has drawn up a petition on the school's website and written to Canterbury MP Julian Brazier, who has offered to raise their concerns with the Highways Agency.
Spires teacher and chairman of the parliament Robert Palmer said: "The reaction of the drivers was very positive, making the event a success.
"This shows young people can and do make a difference. We are very proud of Pupil Parliament members who took part in the campaign. We hope it will reach a satisfactory conclusion."
Pupil Gemma Palmer, 16, said: "When we did not get the response we wanted, we decided to take action. The road protest was really successful. A lot of drivers were slowing down while we were there."