Buxton: Dinky traffic officers’ plea to reduce speed

PCSO Pat Findlay-Wilson from the Buxton Rural East Safer Neighbourhood Team was joined by PC Andrew Crosthwaite from the Chapel and Chinley beat to visit Peak Forest CE (VC) Primary School on Thursday, November 26.  PIc supplied by Nikita Murray of Derbyshire Police for use in Buxton Advertiser
PCSO Pat Findlay-Wilson from the Buxton Rural East Safer Neighbourhood Team was joined by PC Andrew Crosthwaite from the Chapel and Chinley beat to visit Peak Forest CE (VC) Primary School on Thursday, November 26. PIc supplied by Nikita Murray of Derbyshire Police for use in Buxton Advertiser

Motorists speeding past a primary school in Peak Forest have been stopped by children and their local Safer Neighbourhood officers.

PCSO Pat Findlay-Wilson from the Buxton Rural East Safer Neighbourhood Team was joined by PC Andrew Crosthwaite from the Chapel and Chinley beat to visit Peak Forest CE Primary School..

They met youngsters in key stage two and spoke to them about the dangers of speeding, how they monitor driver’s speed and what they do when motorists are found to be exceeding the limit.

Officers asked questions and pupils responded with some great answers, including examples of why a speeding motorist might not stop for police such as they are under the influence of alcohol - running their vehicle on red diesel or no insurance.

Following the short classroom session, officers took small groups of youngsters outside onto Hernstone Lane to monitor the traffic flow and speeds.

Youngsters held up signs to show drivers there is a 30mph speed limit on the route, with officers using a speed radar gun to track how fast vehicles were travelling. Some motorists who were found to be over the limit were also pulled over and given words of advice around their behaviour and the fact that a school was on the same road.

Headteacher at Peak Forest Primary School, Ros Carter, said: “It is very worrying to see the speed that some motorists drive through our community so it was fantastic to have the Safer Neighbourhood officers visit our school.”