Posted on 25th June 2013
More than 80 drivers have been stopped and spoken to about the dangers of speeding near schools as part of a special awareness campaign.
Schools covered by North Wingfield, Pilsley, Stonebroom and Shirland Safer Neighbourhood Team asked local officers to carry out a speed awareness campaign in the community.
The team worked with staff and pupils at schools in Wessington, Cutthorpe and North Wingfield to educate drivers about reducing their speed.
As part of the campaign, officers used speed cameras and asked offending drivers to pull over into a holding area, where they were spoken to by police and some of the schoolchildren. The drivers were also given leaflets, designed by the pupils, highlighting the dangers of speeding around schools.
When three days of checks were conducted near Wessington Primary School, along the A615 Matlock Road, 25 vehicles were stopped for speeding. During the three days that officers visited Cutthorpe Primary School, stationing themselves on the B6050, 27 drivers were stopped. Thirty-four drivers were stopped during the three days police were at the A6175 Williamthorpe Road, near North Wilngfield Primary School.
The checks took place between June 3 and 7.
PCSO Gary Green said: “When we stopped drivers, we asked if they would be willing to be spoken to by the children, who wanted to tell them how worried they are about cars speeding past their school.
“Drivers can sometimes feel annoyed at getting a speeding fine but they don’t really learn the lesson. Several motorists said it was a real wake-up call when they had to explain their actions to a child.
“The staff and children at all three schools were really enthusiastic about the operation and I hope the youngsters learnt from their involvement.”