Schoolchildren in Rochdale teamed up with council and police officers to detect dangerous drivers in a bid to help reduce the number of road casualties around schools in the borough.
During this year’s national Road Safety Week (19 – 25 November), officers from Rochdale Borough Council and Greater Manchester Police worked with pupils from St Luke’s CE Primary School to catch drivers who were speeding, using mobile phones or not wearing seatbelts.
Rather than pay a fine and have points added to their licence, some of the drivers opted to explain themselves to the children.
Nine-year-old Millie Wilson, one of the pupils, said: “When we asked the drivers that we caught why they were speeding they didn’t have a good reason. I think they were embarrassed and I hope they won’t speed again.”
Stuart Howarth, Rochdale’s casualty reduction officer, said: “We hope that by organising this joint action we can teach children to be more alert to the dangers on roads and make dangerous drivers improve their behaviour after facing up to the very real, life changing consequences that could result from their actions.”
For more information contact Stuart Howarth on 01706 924605.