School pupils tackle speeding drivers

Date published: 22 January 2019 13:13
Dated: 22 January 2019 13:10:57

Police officers and their ‘mini officers’ have been looking at ways to tackle speeding outside of Kimberworth School in Rotherham.

The pupils from Kimberworth Community School, on Kimberworth Road, used speed-checking equipment to show drivers who exceeded the 30mph speed limit that their actions are being monitored. The project is following issues and concerns raised by parents in the community, and is part of the ‘You said, we did’ initiative.

The aim behind the clampdown was education rather than prosecution, raising awareness of safety in their local area. The education continued in the classroom where P.C Matt Baker, P.C Claire Atkinson and P.C Paul Jameson, who attended the day, taught the children about road safety and helped them create posters to raise awareness within their community.

The children also tackled drivers who parked in places that caused them difficulty in crossing the road safely. The children told drivers how it affects their safety and a ‘mini questioning’ took place.

Inspector Jenny Lax from Rotherham Central Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Sometimes a message from a child can be more effective than a message from an officer, because it makes us stop and think about what we are doing and how that can affect other people.

“We hope to roll this out to all schools across Rotherham and see a decrease in speeding limits being broken.”

Officers said one driver who was questioned thought it was a positive way of highlighting the dangers of speeding and encouraging them to park in a responsible way.

Children on Kimberworh Road using the speed gun

Children on Kimberworh Road using the speed gun

P.C Matt Baker showing children the back of a police van

P.C Matt Baker showing children the back of a police van

A poster designed by a year 3 pupil to tackle speeding

A poster designed by a year 3 pupil to tackle speeding

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