Whitehill Junior Wardens Perform Speed Tests

Heather Stout, from the Ovenden Initiative, arranged for Community Wardens Jonny Cato and Lee Ackroyd to accompany the Whitehill Community Academy Junior Wardens to conduct speed tests on Moor Bottom Road in Illingworth, to see if drivers are sticking to the 20mph speed limit outside The North Halifax Grammar School.

Junior Wardens took turns holding the speed gun to find out the travelling speeds of passing vehicles, and although the group were at the roadside for only an hour, a total of 73 drivers had passed in that time.

A lot of those drivers were travelling either at or below the 20mph speed limit with an average speed of 25mph overall, but astonishingly, over 40 drivers were above the 20mph speed limit with one driver recorded at a speed of 42mph!

The junior wardens were in plain sight of all drivers and gave a thumbs up to those who drove within the speed limit and a thumbs down to those who didn’t. The majority of the Junior Wardens live in Illingworth and Bradshaw, and were shocked to find drivers breaking the speed limit in their community.

All the Junior Wardens said they were going to go home and tell their parents and grandparents about the results and hope that drivers passing through Illingworth will be more careful in future as a result of their speed tests.

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