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Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 June, 2003, 16:11 GMT 17:11 UK
Pupils tackle speeding drivers
Pupils wait to catch speeding drivers
Primary pupils have turned into traffic police to try to stop motorists speeding past their village school.

Children from Wick and Marcross Primary School in the Vale of Glamorgan spent Tuesday morning telling off drivers stopped by police at a speed trap outside their school.

Instead of getting a speeding ticket, some drivers had to listen to a lecture from pupils who hope to shame them into slowing down in future.

The exercise had a serious point - a schoolchild was injured in a hit-and-run accident at the spot only a week ago.

Police have registered drivers travelling as fast as 60mph in the 30mph zone.

Fifteen children patrolled alongside officers from South Wales Police and caught more than 40 motorists breaking the limit.

It's really stupid to go speeding through an area where people could be knocked over
Victoria Rogers, aged 11

Anyone travelling up to 38mph was let off with a warning from the children, but anyone doing over that got a ticket - one was clocked driving at 51mph.

Victoria Rogers, aged 11, gave a strong anti-speeding message to the drivers.

"Please slow down when you are driving through our village," she said.

"Lots of children cross the road before and after school and at lunchtime - someone could get killed.

"It's really stupid to go speeding through an area where people could be knocked over."

Other children said they would be taking the message home to relatives who broke the speed limit.

Pupils and driver
Children give an anti-speed message to a driver
Head teacher Roger Lewis said: "Everybody seems to rush around from one place to another and it's a very selfish approach, I feel.

"They have no consideration for the safety of other people."

Sergeant Gary Smart said: "Over double the speed limit is more than excessive.

"If they hit a child, the child would have no chance.

"What we're telling people is take the opportunity to slow down.

"We thought it would have more impact if we had children talking to drivers about the dangers of speeding."

The initiative, nicknamed the "short arm of the law" was launched by South Wales Police and the Safety Camera Partnership.

Let's hope that the advice of the youngsters gets through to these drivers and knocks some sense into them
Bill Austin

Now the idea could be introduced across the country at accident blackspots.

Edward Robinson, 62, was one driver caught by the scheme.

"I have to admit this is a really good idea," he said.

"The children were very good in explaining that speeding could cost lives and I think motorists will think twice about going too fast once they have been warned in person.

"We're all for it because we have grandchildren and we are concerned for their safety."

Local Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator Bill Austin added: "We've been worried about road safety in the village for years.

"Motorists drive far too fast and there is a tragedy waiting to happen."

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