Pupils spell out safety message

SLOW DOWN: Phoebe Brinn, Jake Smith and Katie Reay with PCSO Carrie-Ann Lee clocking drivers' speeds in Oakenshaw.
SLOW DOWN: Phoebe Brinn, Jake Smith and Katie Reay with PCSO Carrie-Ann Lee clocking drivers' speeds in Oakenshaw.

SPEEDING motorists were given a lesson in road safety by pupils from a village primary school.

Armed with a speed gun, children from Woodlands Primary School stopped drivers flouting the 30mph limit by their school in Bradford Road, Oakenshaw.

Together with police officers pupils Phoebe Brinn, Jake Smith and Katie Reay, handed out leaflets to those who had broken the limit and asked them to be more vigilant in the future.

Insp Tim Holland said: “The road safety message is very powerful when it is delivered by children and the drivers are usually very chaste.

“Rather than prosecute them this time, we are handing out leaflets with 10 tips to avoid speeding.”

Teacher Linda Holroyd said traffic speeding through the village was a great concern to the school and they were keen to be involved in the initiative.

After handing out one of the leaflets to a motorist who was clocked doing 41mph, 10-year-old Jake said: “I said to him please will you stop speeding, he looked a bit embarrassed and was a bit silent, but he said okay!”

Also present were the three ward councillors, who say people are fed up with speeding traffic.

Lib-Dem leader Coun Kath Pinnock said: “Most of the houses are on one side of Bradford Road, and the village school and playgroup are on the other, so children and parents are constantly having to cross the road.

“Together with the police and the Kirklees Community Safety Partnership we’ve come up with this initiative which will be held at regular intervals so we can get the message home that drivers must slow down.”

As well as the laser gun, there is a digital display showing all drivers what their speed is.

Insp Holland said: “In the first few minutes we had an HGV, two vans and a car all exceeding the speed limit. Hopefully the message will get through and we will be rolling out similar schemes .”