Staines Children Help Get Drivers' Speeds Down

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By StaineSiobhan | Thursday, August 19, 2010, 21:53

Staines children have been teaching drivers a thing or two when it comes to keeping their speeds down and the roads safe.

In a project arranged by a local housing association, the Staines Urban Safer Neighbourhood Team including PCSOs Deborah Tippetts and Dominic Long with NSO PC James Vernon took the children out on a speed check exercise.

When speeding drivers were stopped they had the choice of a prosecution or roadside education. Those opting for the latter were then grilled by the kids who asked hard questions about why they were driving so fast in the area where they lived.

More than 20 cars were stopped and it's hoped that the drivers will think more about safer and slower driving.

Full details of the event here:

Speeding drivers have been taught a lesson by children determined to make the roads in the Riverbank area of Staines safer.

As part of a six-week youth project run by local housing provider A2Dominion, young people have been encouraged to participate in local activities that are beneficial to the community over the summer holidays.

During the six weeks a group of children have the opportunity to take part in a number of events which several agencies and organisations are involved with.

The speed check event took place on Thursday 12 August on vehicles travelling in Riverbank and surrounding roads, when children assisted police using equipment to catch speeding motorists with the help of the Staines Urban Safer Neighbourhood team, NSO PC James Vernon and PSCOs Deborah Tippetts and Dominic Long.

Once the drivers were stopped they were given the opportunity to take part in roadside education as an alternative to prosecution. This involved them being interviewed by the children who asked probing questions as to why they were driving so fast in the roads that they live on. It is hoped that after the discussions with the children, the motorists will think more carefully about driving slowly in future.  Over twenty vehicles were stopped.

PC James Vernon said: “The speed check event is an example of Surrey Police working in partnership to make Surrey’s roads safer. At the same time it was an ideal opportunity to educate children about road safety as well as raising awareness amongst drivers about the dangers of speeding. And the response from the motorists was very encouraging.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank the children who came along on the day and particularly the motorists who were stopped and took the advice offered well.”

Leah Campbell, A2Dominion Community Involvement Co-ordinator, said: “The speed check day was a massive success, and the children did a great job highlighting the dangers of speeding to motorists. We were delighted to work with Surrey Police to organise the event, which was both fun and educational for those who participated.

“As part of the wider project being run in the Riverbank area of Staines, we’re encouraging young people to look at all aspects of their environment and what impact it has on them and the local area. Other activities include bird-box making and an estate audit, whilst at our final street party event, children will have the opportunity to talk to adults about the impact that rubbish and litter has on the local environment.”

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