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Highland Council still looking for repair to speed signs outside schools


By Neil MacPhail

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Flashing speed signs near schools have not been working for more than a month.
Flashing speed signs near schools have not been working for more than a month.

Part-time speed warning signs outside Highland schools have still not been fixed, despite pupils having returned several weeks ago.

Flashing 20mph signs outside schools were turned off during lockdown, causing a technical problem when attempts were made to switch them on again.

Highland Council roads department is still trying to rectify the situation.

A council spokesman said: “We are currently installing, activating and testing the new sim cards for the part-time 20mph flashing signs at our schools.

“Once the testing has been completed the installations will be rolled out at 121 sites across the region, which will require visits to each location followed up by re-programming of the lights at each location.

“We do not currently have a timescale for completion of the works as it is still in the testing stage.”

The council and Police Scotland are urging drivers to slow down near schools in the meantime.

Research shows that about five per cent of pedestrians will die if struck by a vehicle travelling at 20mph, increasing to about 40 per cent for vehicles travelling at 30mph, about 80 per cent for vehicles travelling at 40mph and close to 100 per cent for speeds over 50mph.

Councillor John Finlayson, chairman of the council’s education committee, previously warned that the absence of the signs offered “no excuse” for speeding.

“Highland Council and Police Scotland are clear that if motorists are caught speeding near Highland schools then robust enforcement action will take place,” he said.

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