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Children talk to speeding Derbyshire drivers

Children in Derbyshire are helping police tackle speeding by talking to drivers about road safety.

Pupils from Ashbrook Junior School and their local Safer Neighbourhood officers have been monitoring traffic using laser speed guns.

If a vehicle is breaking the limit, it is stopped and the children talk to the driver about speeding near a school and the dangers of hitting a child.

Officers said Junior Speed Watch would make drivers think about their actions.

Lasting effect

Victoria Avenue outside Ashbrook school has a 30mph limit, down to 20mph at school run times, and also has an infant school and nursery in the same area.

Pc Andy Bircumshaw said this made it all the more important that drivers were careful.

"What the children have been doing has had a three-fold affect." he said.

"It means that young people are getting involved in their community, it provides a new way for the children to learn about road safety and it offers a completely different lesson for speeding drivers that we hope will have a long-term influence."

Eleven-year-old Remi Marley said: "I hope that what we have done today will change the way people drive, and that the questions we have asked will make them think about road safety."

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