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Pupils hand out speed warning
4:20pm Monday 30th April 2012 in News
Police joined Chorley schoolchildren to warn speeding drivers about the potentially deadly consequences of their actions.
In a restorative justice initiative drivers were given the choice of a fine and points on their licence or being confronted directly by children from a primary school close to their offence.
PCs Matt Lee and Lawrence Elphick visited St John’s CE School in Coppull and St Paul’s Primary School in Adlington taking teachers and Year 6 pupils safely to nearby roadsides where officers then pulled over speeding vehicles identified via a mobile speed camera.
A total of 39 vehicles were stopped with each driver then being asked questions by groups of pupils, including ‘do you realise the speed you were going?’ and ‘how would you react if you hit a pedestrian because of your speed?’ The effort came as part of a campaign created by two local police officers which involved junior schools helping police clamp down on dangerous drivers.
Sgt Andy Bramhall, from Chorley police said one woman was in tears after being asked how she would feel if she struck a child while speeding The campaign is set to continue throughout the next few months with PCs Lee and Elphick visiting more primary schools.
PC Lee said: “We want rural roads in Chorley to stay safe and we look forward to local schools and pupils helping us with this campaign in the days and weeks to come.”
“Sometimes when people are given a fine they are more concerned about the impact on their own personal finances rather than considering the consequences of speeding.
“This is a great way to prove to them face-to-face what they are doing is simply wrong.”