On the 30th of March 2017, Year 5 & 6 pupils worked alongside the Police, local PCSO's and the council to carry out speed and seatbelt checks outside the school.
Driver speeds were highlighted using a Speed Indicator Device (SID). A SID is a portable temporary sign that detects and records the speed of an approaching vehicle, its role is an educational tool and a deterrent measure.
The Roads Policing Unit then stopped motorists who exceeded the speed limit, and were then offered the choice of a fine plus penalty points or the opportunity to speak to the children.
The drivers who opted to speak to the children were asked a series of questions, and were then expected to explain their actions to the children. They were are also given hard hitting facts about road safety such as what could happen if they collided with a child. The offending motorists were finally given further advice to take away with them.
Benefits of the Speed Reduction Initiative
- Encourages the offending motorists to think about the consequences of speeding outside the school and the wider community.
- Changing and improving driver behaviour.
- Educate children at an early age on the dangers of speeding with the aim of embedding the message for when they become drivers themselves.
- Highlights the responsibility of the whole community in addressing and supporting road safety.
Thank you to all involved - the children enjoyed the session and certainly took a lot away from the experience.