Pupils nab speeding drivers outside their schools

Published: Wednesday 28th November 18

Last week was National Road Safety Week, and the council and police worked with around a thousand local schoolchildren to catch speeding motorists and encourage safe parking around schools.

Olivia and her winning poster with PC Smith and the Mayor

Year five and six students took part in Junior Community Roadwatch events with the police, and caught 40 drivers breaking the speed limit. They joined PC Andy Smith, PC Paul Dodson, PC Jon Datta, PCSO Howard Robinson and PCSO Lorraine Mumford and used a speed gun to nab drivers going too fast.

Meanwhile council road safety officer Gemma Davidson and parking officer Adam Westwood visited ten borough schools during the week to remind parents to park safely during drop-off and pick up time.

This is part of an ongoing council campaign against dangerous parking and vehicle idling outside schools, with enforcement officers patrolling schools until Christmas.  Find out more.

Local schools were also encouraged to take part in a poster competition run by the council to promote cycle safety.

The winning poster by Olivia Farat from West Hill Primary School will be displayed around the borough next February. Olivia was presented with a printed copy of her poster, a police teddy bear and a Decathlon voucher by the Mayor of Wandsworth Piers McCausland. Her school was also presented with a £100 Amazon voucher.

Second place was won by Rosie Van Der Grucht from Broomwood Hall Upper School and third was Milena Visinskaite from Furzedown Primary School.

Wandsworth’s transport spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “The Community Roadwatch and Junior Community Roadwatch initiative enables the police to enforce our borough-wide 20mph speed limit. We know that local people are concerned about excessive speeds, especially around schools, which is why we are taking this issue very seriously.

“It’s also important that we do all we can to keep cyclists safe – especially children. Congratulations to Olivia for her winning poster and I would encourage all cyclists to find out about the free cycle training run by the council.”

Find out more about the 20mph speed limit.

Find out about support for cyclists.

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Recent comments

LIzzieanne's post puzzled me. She said that there would be no need to reduce speed if kids practiced the look right, look left discipline. Is she saying that she would not be forced to reduce her speed if only the kids would take the trouble to watch out for her coming- at whatever speed she chose to drive?

30 November 2018

Lizzieanne: classy post, having a go at kids trying to get drivers to slow down near their schools. Keep your foot down and to hell with everyone else.
X Trapnel

30 November 2018

Perhaps if children (and parents were told to cross at pedestrian crossings) were taught how to cross a road - you know - 'Look Right, Look Left & Look Right again - there wouldn't be a need to keep reducing the speed. The children would do more good taking the time and car numbers of drivers on their mobiles - and - the numbers of cars idling near their school with engines running (maybe their parents) & the numbers of huge HGVs using their streets unnecessarily (without a reason to be down them).

28 November 2018