PCC's concern after metal 'mini-officer' struck by car - The Evesham Observer

PCC's concern after metal 'mini-officer' struck by car

Rob George 21st May, 2019   0

MOTORISTS across Evesham and Pershore are being urged to curb their speed after one of the ‘mini officers’ stationed outside schools across West Mercia was damaged after being hit by a car.

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion has raised concerns after one of the popular metre-high metal caricature police officers was hit.

The colourful additions were introduced in November as part of a road safety campaign. There are now 70 of them in place across West Mercia which are designed to stand outside schools warning passing drivers to slow down and not park on the zig-zag markings.

“This accident should be a stark warning to motorists, because it could have easily been a child. These signs are portrayed in a characterful and childlike way to encourage drivers to be considerate before they speed or park inconsiderately outside a school,” Mr Campion said.

“When these signs are loaned to schools, they are advised by their local policing teams to position them in a safe place, such as a pavement, so I am extremely concerned that someone has managed to collide with this sign.

“I urge people to take their time around schools. These signs are working really well for the majority of schools that have used them, but there are some areas that are clearly still suffering.

“We all, as police, local authorities, parents and teachers, need to be doing more to see this problem lessen. If schools would benefit from extra signage, I am more than happy to accept applications through my safer roads funding.”

Visit www.westmercia-pcc.gov.uk/about-your-pcc/pcc-grants-scheme for more.

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