Pint-sized cops with speed guns

Children from Moor Park Primary School have been watching for speeding vehicles outside their school
Children from Moor Park Primary School have been watching for speeding vehicles outside their school
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SPEEDING motorists were reprimanded by pupils concerned about irresponsible driving outside their schools.

Youngsters from Moor Park and St Bernadette’s Primary Schools joined officers from Blackpool’s road policing unit to stop speeding motorists and warn them their actions could lead to a child being killed on the roads.

Pupils from Moor Park set up a speed gun on Moor Park Avenue while youngsters from St Bernadette’s stopped vehicles on Devonshire Road.

Around 40 speeding drivers were stopped at the two sites and questioned.

Sgt Pete Beresford told The Gazette: “The drivers stopped were very receptive.

“I don’t think they expected children to be speaking to them so it had a real impact.

“The drivers who were stopped were going around 32 or 33mph. The children asked them why they were speeding past and there isn’t an answer to it.

“Schools are high risk areas because of the number of children around and people parking outside.

“The activity is designed to be done outside the school. It’s a good tactic.”

Blackpool schools have dedicated junior road safety officers to spread messages to their peers.

Denise Duke, road safety co-ordinator at St Bernadette’s Primary School, said: “Our junior road safety officers enjoyed the exercise and found the drivers responded well to them. The children wanted to warn drivers to keep their speed down.”

The activity was organised as part of Lancashire Police’s Operation Pathway, which aims at reducing the number of accidents in the county.