Pupils’ lesson for speeding drivers

Speed awareness day
Speed awareness day

STUDENTS in West Craven delivered a hard-hitting message about the dangers of speeding when they took part in an awareness day.

The Year 9 West Craven High Technology College pupils patrolled Kelbrook Road outside the school with members of the local police, fire and ambulance services to let drivers know the implications speeding can have.

The road is known as a hot spot for speeding, making it especially dangerous at the times when around 800 students are entering and leaving the school grounds.

Police said there have been complaints from parents, residents and school staff.

During the speed awareness day, drivers travelling between 35 and 40 m.p.h. were pulled over and given an opportunity to avoid prosecution by spending 10 minutes talking to the pupils, as well as paramedics and fire crews.

They were also shown some photographs of speed related road accidents to learn more about the possible consequences.

During the session, 22 drivers were stopped - 17 males and five females, driving an average of 37.9 m.p.h. and half of whom were from outside the area.

As part of the process, the drivers were then asked to complete “restorative justice” forms, an agreement that they will be more aware of their speed when driving past schools.

A police spokesman said: “The day was a fantastic success and the young people that worked with us on the day were a credit to their parents and school.”

Head teacher Arnold Kuchartschuk said: “I feel we are very fortunate to have such a good relationship with the police and fire services.

“They are involved in many of our activities and days such as these add to the quality of the learning experience we can provide for our young people.”