Posted on 23rd October 2014
Police and pupils team up to tackle speeding in Morton
Youngsters and police have been teaming up tackle speeding motorists on roads in Clay Cross and surrounding areas.
Safer Neighbourhood officers from the Clay Cross and North East policing section have been working alongside local primary schools as part of a campaign to put the brakes on speeding motorists.
The speed awareness initiative was carried out over two weeks and saw police monitoring the speed of motorists and enforcing the message of safe and considerate driving.
The checks took place between Monday, October 6 and Friday, October 17.
Any drivers, who were found to be breaking the speed limit on roads where the schools are located, were stopped and given the option of speaking to the youngsters about their speed.
The school children had also designed their own leaflets to hand over to motorists to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding.
During the first week of the operation, officers teamed up with pupils from Parkhouse Primary School, North Wingfield Primary School, Tupton Primary School and Morton Primary School.
The policing team worked alongside youngsters from primary schools in Shirland, Temple Normanton, Stonebroom and Heath throughout the second week.
PCSO Gary Green from the Stonebroom, Shirland, Morton and Stretton Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “The aim of the initiative was to get the youngsters involved in helping us target speeding motorists and help demonstrate to drivers why it is important to the community to travel at a safe speed.
“By carrying initiatives such as this, we hope to raise awareness of speeding and encourage motorists to slow down and think about the consequences that their driving may have.
“It was an extremely worthwhile operation and all of the children involved did a great job of speaking to the drivers about speeding outside their schools.”
A total of 130 vehicles were stopped during the operation and 14 tickets were issued for excessive speed. The highest recorded speed was 48mph through a 30mph road.
The camera used throughout the operation has been funded by parish councils in the North East Derbyshire area as part of a joint bid to make local roads safer.
To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.
PCSO Green chats to the Morton school children about their role in the operation