Speeding drivers given warning by their potential victims outside school

Youngsters hold up speed signs and monitor traffic outside their Peak Forest school.
Youngsters hold up speed signs and monitor traffic outside their Peak Forest school.

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

Offciers joined youngsters from Peak Forest CE Primary School to talk about the dangers of speeding and took a group out to the road where they showed the drivers the face of the people they put at risk as they speed past schools.

PCSO Pat Findlay-Wilson from the Buxton Rural East Safer Neighbourhood Team was joined by PC Andrew Crosthwaite from the Chapel and Chinley beat for the outreach day on November 26.

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.

Officers also said when officers asked questions the 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.

PCSO Findlay-Wilson added: “It is always a pleasure to get out and about in the community to meet pupils at local schools. Many of the children at the school live in the village and you could feel the passion and enthusiasm they felt towards safe and responsible driving, especially on Hernstone Lane where drivers including of cars, vans and heavy goods vehicles, often exceed the speed limit.

“We want to educate drivers that the speed limit is set at 30 miles per hour for a reason and we hope that people understand that and abide by the law.”

PC Crosthwaite said: “Alongside the road safety session, the children were keen to ask questions about our community policing role in general and find out more about what we do. We answered questions about the kit we were wearing, as pupils wanted to know how and when we might use different pieces of equipment. It was a really great opportunity to meet local youngsters and I hope they will feel more confident in approaching officers if they ever see us out and about.”

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 to carry out the checks with the children.

“Many children cross the road to school with their parents at the beginning and the end of each day but all children and staff also regularly use local amenities during the school day, which means they have to cross the busy route on a regular basis.

“The children have continued to focus on the issue of speeding by writing letters to speeding motorists during their English lessons.”

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