Pupils put speeding drivers in their place

December 8, 2015 | By | In News

Drivers who speed past schools have been taught a lesson by a group of pupils.

More than 40 motorists who were caught breaking the limits were given a lecture from pupils at Ysgol Tycroes and Ysgol Llechyfedach in Tumble, Carmarthenshire, during a campaign to mark Road Safety Week.

Working alongside the council’s road safety unit and Ammanford and Cross Hands Neighbourhood Policing Teams, the pupils stopped a total of 41 drivers.

The group demanded that the drivers slow down, as the children take action against motorists braking the law to reduce speeding outside their schools.

To catch the speeding drivers in the act, the pupils were equipped with a speed indicator device, which allowed them to see if motorists were driving too fast – this nifty piece of kit displayed the vehicle’s speed and a happy or sade face, depending on whether or not they were under or over the limit.

When pulled over, the offenders were given the option of speaking to the children to explain why they were speeding outside their school or accept a fixed penalty notice.

According to the South Wales Guardian, pupils in Tycroes spoke to 11 drivers, while children in Llechyfedach stopped 13 cars. At another event held in Pontyberem, 17 motorists were given a stern talking to by the pupils.

Cllr Hazel Evans, executive board member for transport, said: “The aim of this initiative is to educate drivers and raise awareness of the impact that speeding vehicles has on local communities and the safety of the public.

“Speed is a cause of road traffic accidents and casualties. Facing the children and having to answer their questions can really help the message to hit home. It also highlights the dangers of speeding for the pupils as well.”

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