Pupils at Winfarthing Primary School sent out a message to speeding drivers last week as they took part in a community speedwatch patrol with local police officers.
The speedwatch check, carried out by 45 Key Stage 2 pupils with help from the police, was held last Friday in the run-up to this week’s Road Safety Week and helped highlight the speeding problem outside the school on the busy B1077 between Diss and Attleborough.
Deputy headteacher Jon Moule, said: “The initiative started because the children said the cars drive really fast past the school.” Local PCSO Aslaug Foreman visited the school to talk to the children and they were encouraged to design posters to be put up around the village to ask people to slow down and think about both sides - the pedestrians and the drivers. PC James Stables also brought a speed camera into school and different year groups took it in turns to don high visibility jackets and go out onto the pavement.
Mr Moule said the school wanted to give out a positive message so the children were holding up letters which spelled ‘Thank You’ if drivers were clocked at 30mph or less.
Any drivers caught breaking the speed limit were pulled over and given the option of talking to the children or paying an on-the-spot fine of £60. All those stopped agreed to meet the children who told them their speed could put pupils in danger.
Mr Moule said: “Speeding outside the school has been an issue for a while. This was a really positive experience for the children and if it slowed down one person and got the message home then it was a good exercise. It has also made the children very aware.”