Students tackle motorists over illegal speeds

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Motorists exceeding the speed limit were put on the spot by youngsters.

Pupils from St John’s Primary Academy, Clifton, and St Andrew’s Infant School, Brighouse, were stopping motorists exceeding the 30mph speed limit outside their schools with the help of community beat officer PC Liam Hay.

Motorists stopped by the group were then offered to take an educational option or face enforcement action.

Many opted for the educational one and were spoken to by the pupils who asked them a series of questions.

These included: Why were you speeding? Did you know a school was here? What would you say to a parent if their child had been knocked over?

St John’s pupils spoke to the drivers of 13 vehicles speeding along Towngate and at St Andrew’s to 20 vehicles along Lightcliffe Road.

The drivers showed remorse for their actions and being spoken to by the children had the desired effect, said Sergeant Dean Maddocks from the Lower valley neighbourhood policing team.

Sgt Maddocks said: “Excess speed causes more collisions and more serious injuries.

“We are trying various approaches to this issue and are working with partner agencies, local councillors and the public to keep our local roads safe. The speed limits are there for a reason and we will be conducting more speed checks across the Lower Valley in the coming weeks and months.”

PC Hay will be conducting similar operations and will follow this up with additional speed checks, when enforcement will be used against those driving at excessive speed.