Sir George cut the tape to formally launch the speed indicator, recently installed in Hurstbourne Tarrant.
Speaking at the event, Sir George said he was shocked to learn that, during 2006, there were 460 child casualties on the road, and about 10% of those were in Test Valley. 80% of children hit by a vehicle driving at 40mph die, whereas 80% of those hit by a vehicle travelling at 30mp survive. This underlines the importance of encouraging people to observe the 30 mph limit - not just by raising revenue, but by devices such as these which remind drivers to slow down in areas where road safety is an issue.
Sir George complimented 3 parish councils, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Vernham Dean and Tangley on clubbing together to raise the money for the speed indicator, and he welcomed the cheque, produced by County Cllr Robin Hughes, from Hampshire County Council to pay for a second indicator. The indicators will rotate around the parishes that provided the funds, reminding local people of the need to slow down on routes to school and in built up areas where children play. Sir George said that he hoped other parish councils would follow where Hurstbourne Tarrant, Vernham Dean and Tangley had led.