CONCERNED pupils at Instow have teamed up with the police to call on drivers to slow down when passing their school. A speed trap was set up along the notorious straight which runs past the school entrance, with drivers caught in it given the option of a
CONCERNED pupils at Instow have teamed up with the police to call on drivers to slow down when passing their school.A speed trap was set up along the notorious straight which runs past the school entrance, with drivers caught in it given the option of a fixed penalty fine and three points on their licence - or a talk with the children.The initiative was the idea of Instow and Fremington PCSO Daniel Cornish, as a way of making drivers aware of the possible tragic consequences of breaking the 30 and 40 mph limits on the road near the school."We have had several complaints from residents and parents about people speeding past here," he said."The children were given questions [to put to the drivers] asking why the person was speeding and did they know there was a school here."They were also asked if they'd seen the television advert where the little girl gets run over and made aware that around 10 children are killed in road traffic related incidents every day."An officer with a speed measuring device clocked passing traffic as it neared the school entrance and those speeding were waved into a lay-by where they had to face the children. Throughout the course of the whole day, some 45 vehicles were stopped and the drivers spoken to by pupils.PCSO Cornish said with plans to build the new school further along the straight, it was more important than ever to make people realise there was a school in the area."The response from drivers was very positive," he said, "although most did know the school was here."If it proves successful we may be doing it more often and in other areas, possibly with one in Fremington.