Beating the speed menace

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PUPILS at a Billinge primary have been tackling the menace of speeding motorists.

Youngsters from Birchley St Mary’s in Billinge roped in local councillor Alison Bacon to help create a project to encourage drivers to slow down as they pass the school.

Dozens of drivers were stopped by police when travelling towards the school at speeds over 30 mph.

They were given the opportunity of either receiving a fixed penalty or face a group of pupils and explain why they were speeding and then asked to think about the safety of children walking to and from school. The drivers then apologised to the children.

Other motorists were stopped because they were flashing their headlights to warn drivers that there was a speed camera operation in force.

This is a criminal offence of obstructing the police whilst carrying out their duties, which can attract imprisonment of up to one month and a maximum fine of £1,000.

Children explained to these motorists that by doing this, it would not stop drivers speeding up again after they had passed the cameras with serious consequences.

With the help of Merseyside Police, the youngsters used a speed gun to collect data on passing traffic - before taking on the role of traffic engineers to analyse the speeding problem.