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Charminster children lead crackdown on speeding motorists
10:45am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
SCHOOLCHILDREN have been leading the fight against speeding motorists in Charminster.
Youngsters from St Mary’s First School were out on patrol with police this morning in a bid to catch motorists speeding through their village.
Children have also been busy designing posters to urge drivers to slow down, with the winning entries to be displayed around the village while the rest will go on show at the front of the school.
PCSO Sarah Pilcher and PC Mike Brown paid a visit to the school to take five children from the school council out on the beat armed with a speed gun, one of their posters and an information leaflet.
Headteacher Ian Donnelly said the children were sparked into taking action against dangerous drivers in the village as nobody had been recruited to man the school crossing patrol across a busy street near the school.
He said: “We have had an ongoing situation with the school crossing patrol down on North Street where we haven’t been able to get anybody and it’s quite difficult for people to cross the road there.”
PCSO Pilcher said the children’s efforts also supported the work of the Community Speedwatch group that had recently been set up in the area.
She said: “The Community Speedwatch started up in Charminster and Charlton Down around three months ago and over that time we have noticed a drop in the speed of traffic.”
PCSO Pilcher added that getting the children to talk to speeding motorists was an effective way of making them think about the consequences of breaking the speed limit.
She said: “There is nothing more effective than a child saying slow down.”
As well as attempting to catch speeding motorists, the children also spoke to drivers who were travelling at sensible speeds to thank them for taking care through the village.
Izzy Jones, 8, said: “I was a little nervous going up to them but they seemed to understand and I think we have got the message across to people.”
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