Speeding drivers face 'kids' court'
Published 23/11/2011 | 15:31
Drivers caught speeding past a primary school have been forced to face a "pupils' court" to explain their behaviour.
Drivers who were caught breaking the 30mph speed limit outside Greasby Junior School, in Wirral, Merseyside, were given the choice of being fined and having points put on their licence, or being grilled by a panel of children from the school about their behaviour.
During a three-hour period, nine motorists were caught speeding, six of whom faced pupils in what the school called a "kids' court".
The remaining three motorists were prosecuted, each receiving three penalty points and a £60 fine.
Motorists who chose to face the children said that the experience had been more effective in making them aware of the dangers than if they had received the points on their licence and a fine.
A spokesman for Wirral Borough Council said that one driver was "reduced to tears" after the children brought home the potentially devastating consequences their actions could have had.
Harry Smith, Wirral's cabinet member for Streetscene and Transport, said: "I was very impressed by the way the children approached the subject, they showed maturity well above their age and were a credit to their school.
"The children made the motorists realise the seriousness of the offence and the devastating consequences of only a small increase in speed.
"The harsh reality is that if you hit a child at 30mph, there is an 80% chance they will live, if you hit them at 40mph there is an 80% chance they will die."
Chief Superintendent John Martin, area commander for Wirral, said: "We know that speeding is a significant contributory factor in road traffic collisions and we welcome initiatives that reinforce the message that speed kills, especially as the darker nights are now upon us and the weather is continuing to deteriorate."